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This page is designed to share information about our struggle to gain equity for our unique children and their learning styles in a public education system that is designed primarily to teach a single type of learner, and which is increasingly sidelined by fiscal and philosophical issues that challenge the core of its collective existence. We are especially interested in unique learners, and the talented people who teach them, their families, and our shared value as human beings. We seek the end of discrimination, the end of seclusion, separation, and isolation, as well as an end to chemical and physical restraints that are commonly used to assault our children and our unique interpretations of the world.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO PUSD and the CAC

We stand with the CAC in its mission statement, and specifically with its vision that “by 2015 all Special Education students will be serviced properly by PUSD in their home schools.” We also support that the CAC is designed to give parents a voice in special education implementation, however, we believe the CAC is too passive to institute any real change by 2015.

We believe that the PUSD special education program implementation is systemically flawed, and what has happened to our child- and the PUSD response to our concerns- will occur again if we do not bring this discussion to the table in a public forum. We want to remind PUSD, and the Sierra Madre Elementary School community, that we, too, are members of a community,  and that we,  too have a voice, and that we, too,  can gather support, and that we, too, can activate a positive call to action. 

We are formally delivering this message to PUSD, AGAIN

We request

1. That PUSD send a clear and concise message to Sierra Madre Elementary School- as well as other schools in PUSD- that bullying, whether it is by children, or parent vigilante groups, will NOT be tolerated, and will be handled as the hateful, ignorant acts that they are;

2. That the Pasadena Unified School District formally apologize to my family for its failure to keep us informed about the events that unfolded in October, 2010, and for the information it failed to release to us regarding the events of community bullying that targeted our child;

3. That PUSD stop trying to segregate our child from his home community and refrain from using derogatory, negative, and inflammatory labels against children with autism and other “hidden” disabilities;

4. That PUSD firmly establish a support network, and community supports, including disability awareness, before placing a child with disabilities into a general ed classroom. This includes a definition of INCLUSION.

5. That PUSD acknowledge that the findings in its independent audits are systemic deficits, and that these same deficits impacted our child’s inclusion in his community: transition planning, consistent data collection and documentation, social skills development, lack of staff training in autistic spectrum disorders, and deficits in behavior planning and implementation;

6. That PUSD implement an anti-bullying program to specifically address discrimination against people with autistic spectrum disorders;

7. That PUSD revisit its parent volunteer program, and that all parent volunteers be required to attend parent workshops before interacting with children on campuses; and

8 . That PUSD immediately implement a crisis counseling intervention program at Sierra Madre Elementary School to address what happened in October, 2010,  and to start the community healing process.

BULLYING IS UNACCEPTABLE

INCLUSION MEANS EVERYONE

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