Posted from the Indy Star, a different view of a possibilities for charter schools. Of course the underlying premise is that traditional, public schools can't (or won't) provide services for these children. Perhaps naively, I am still not ready to give up that ghost. These children and their parents have all of the rights of a "sound, basic education" of any citizen and one might wonder about the implications of deciding that these needs are only met in separate places. There are a lot of issue that I might be missing so....your turn.
Special Schools for Special Children
I was pleased to read the Sept. 16 article about the proposed, much-needed charter schools. One of the schools would serve autistic children. Although I was erroneously identified as a founder of the school, I agree there is a need for schools that serve children on the autism spectrum who need learning strategies that traditional educational settings are not able to provide.
Children with Asperger syndrome are at particular risk. These students are on the high end of the autism spectrum intellectually and yet have cognitive and social needs that are poorly dealt with in most schools. I have the good fortune to be the head of a small, private school that is very successful with these students. Small classes, compassionate, skilled teachers, and a structure that is clear and predictable yet flexible for students' needs help them succeed. Parents need to know that there are positive alternatives for their children with Asperger syndrome.