FEDERAL MANDATES AND FRAUD
by Mary Ann Miller
(Little Rock, AR )
YES, SPD IS REAL....it is also a discrimination issue.
The Vice-Principal of my daughters school in Hot Springs, Arkansas told my husband and myself that our little girl was a pariah in society. They had the other students stand around her and critique her performance. They would take her to the school office and re-dress her and redo her hair..gave her pink slips almost everyday of the week..expelled her and even went so far as to ask me for my divorce papers before they would agree to talk about providing her with an IEP, 504 or behavioral modification. They put her in a corner of the classroom facing the wall for months. When I asked why they were alienating her from the rest of the class, what I considered psychological abuse and trauma,they told me that they had to because she cried when she was asked to read because she could not recognize the letters or words and that she moved around a lot. (At that time they documented her disability.)
I went so far as to bring a specialist from another state to the school who did a power-point presentation on scotopic sensitivity-sensory processing disorders and who offered to train and work with the school in adopting a sensory intervention plan for the school. Later the specialist told me that they walked out on her and told her that they would not use it. I requested an IEP and they told us that it was not necessary...she was not a special needs child.(she is special needs, she is 8 and still can not recognize all the letters of the alphabet and can not sound out words and yet she is also very smart)..they also told me that despite the fact that my ex-husband and I have joint custody of Cali that I would not be invited to any school meetings because I was not the custodial parent: she is his natural daughter. We are middle class Americans who are trying our best to provide for Cali. We do not drink, smoke or do drugs and live a respectable lives.
contacted almost every entity in the state of Arkansas for help and all I get is BS. I think that if parents were smart they would go to the Office of Inspector General and demand remedy for the failures of stimulus monies provided through the Obama Administration and the Reinvestment and Recovery Act to the schools for education. No Child Left Behind is a joke and taxation without ethical representation is a FRAUD against the citizens and their government. Under federal and state law any child with a handicap must be educated...not discriminated against. (The level of education that they receive is arbitary as school systems are not on a level playing field. Hence the dramatic difference in test scores which is yet another joke. All public schools should be equal in their services.)As mentioned, if the schools are documenting educational and/or behavorial deficiencies then they are documenting the problem for us. The the schools are documenting educational and or behavioral deficiencies then they are documenting the problem for us. PRIMA FACIA EVIDENCE. A 32 in reading and unsatisfactory in conduct documents cognitive/comprehension failures. Unless a child has normal values consistent with state and federal guidelines then the school has legally documented the cognitive/comprehensive disability and by law must find immediate valued remedy for the child.
We need to lobby Congress and we need to address our state boards of education using federal mandates. A medical dictionary would also be of use as labels are ambiguous, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a label....a physical disability....it is actually caused by microbial infestation into the soft tissue causing multiple symptoms. Strep, Staph and Chlamydia are the underlying factors in RA. So, my point is....if a child is diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (a physical disability stemming from multiple causes)they do not specify Strep, Staph or Chlamydia as the diagnosis......it is a subjective disability not a realitive one. That being the case, then why are cognitive disabilities pigeon holed? This is discrimination and again it should be address through federal law.
I would love to join with others to drive this point home to Congress.
Mary Ann Miller 501-276-6000