Articles Tagged ‘special needs’
Kyle Meier is 5 1/2 years old. He’s been through more than 12 surgeries in his short life, more surgeries than the majority of us will have in a lifetime. Two lifetimes. Kyle was born with multiple birth defects including proximal femoral focal deficiency: He has no thigh bones or hip joints, resulting in severely short stature. He was also born with Pierre Robin Syndrome (PRS), a rare condition characterized by a small lower jaw, cleft palate and a tendency for the tongue to “ball up” in the back of the mouth. He also has a tracheotomy. By definition, Kyle is severely disabled, but he is also like millions of other kids.
In 1995, the public trust was violated when the New York State Education Department decided to change the special education system without holding the required public hearings. A great deal of time has passed and a question arises. Is there a moral and/or ethical imperative to demand a review of the state’s actions?