Resources Needed To Help Handicapped And Autistic Children

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Editor:

I worked at Getz School in Tempe for special needs children. It closed. What a pity. Its programs included adaptations for these children: specialized computers, playground equipment, music classes, hands on care for severely handicapped and autistic children and others.

After it closed I was employed by these children. I assisted one kid in a wheelchair negotiate the complexities of being in a regular school. Later, I assisted one near-blind kid negotiate a playground filled with many unruly students when the regular teachers avoided "playground duty".

If caught reprimanding these students, I could have been slapped with a lawsuit. What's going on here? When will we lovingly assist those who most need our help and provide the resources to do so?

Sharon K. Fuller

Pine

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