What are your feelings about a private autism school where a child is getting 1:1 ABA and making progress, even though it isn't the closest school and there aren't "typical" peers? There are however, peers who are much more "typical" than my son. My 17 year old son has low-functioning autism, epilepsy, and is non-verbal. He has been at a private autism school for the last 6 years and the public high school wants him to return to the district. When I viewed their proposed program (in the special ed room 100% of the time), it was like walking into a sheltered workshop. The kids in there (who coincidentally are much higher functioning than my son) were sorting colored beads and unscrewing "widgets" from a board. They do the school's laundry from the cafeteria once a week and wipe off all of the cafeteria tables every day after lunch. I wanted to cry! Inclusion and LRE was created to keep kids from being put into institutions, but now this huge push for inclusion, when that's not what is best for a child, has gone too far! Your thoughts please.
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