Carly Fulgham: A civil rights battle at school and work
The last civil rights battle just got harder.
. . . This is the battle for equal rights in neurodiversity. Not familiar with the term? Diagnoses like autism, ADHD and dyslexia, to name a few, are examples of neurodiversity. The battle may be harder, but hope is not yet lost. . . . To the parents fighting school districts to stop bullying and let us stay in mainstream classrooms to have the opportunity to learn the same things as "normal kids," don't give up on us now. . . To everyone, like me, who is grateful every day that their mother defied doctor's recommendations to put them directly into an institution instead of taking them home from the hospital at birth, don't stop trying for a happy life. This is a fight to stop having children die unnecessarily from restraints and seclusion, or from being forgotten on school buses. This is a fight to keep institutions like Willowbrook State School in New York closed. It's a fight to get an equal education, to stay out of poverty and be able to have love and happiness no matter how our brains were wired when we were born. We are fighting for the right to live, learn, work, love and play alongside our "neurotypical" and "physically able" neighbors. This is a call to action to support boots-on-the-ground and advocacy charities like the Autism Society and its affiliates, which have been fighting for disability rights for over 50 years, . . . Just like all the other civil rights movements required assistance from outside their core constituencies, we can't do it alone. We need you to help fight for our rights."
A law firm dedicated to protecting children’s civil rights for over a decade, The Law Offices of Andréa Marcus works to compel public agencies to provide children and their families with the support and services they are entitled to, so that children with special needs may receive a safe and appropriate public education. The Law Offices of Andréa Marcus works to educate families regarding resources available which may be appropriate for their child, and their rights regarding having those resources provided publicly.
"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted." - Garrison Keillor
Appropriate support and accommodations are often key to a child's ability to thrive. Public agencies enlist expensive legal counsel to defend against parents' requests for help in addressing their child's unique needs. If you are seeking public resources to help your child, you need legal representation to safeguard your child's rights.
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