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Argument over access

Parents: Champion schools denying entry for son

May 7, 2013

CHAMPION — Parents who are unhappy with the Champion School District’s refusal to provide access for their special-needs son to attend Central Elementary School have filed a complaint with the......

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msmith82

May-08-13 7:54 PM

Amomof3 i am glad you took a stand for your kid and did what is best for them. I see to many parents who do not do what is best for their kids.

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amomof3

May-08-13 7:36 PM

As a child myself with special needs I would want my child to get the fullest education possible for his needs. Champion does not provide that. You son needs another type of school. I do feel that a ramp needs to be put in for state regulations, but I do not feel that your son would benefit with the education that another school that would fit his needs would do.

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Pitten

May-08-13 2:50 PM

She does not want him treated differently? then he should walk and not put any ramps in

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msmith82

May-08-13 12:06 PM

Trumbull county children's rehab provides wonderful services I should know I went there as a child. I am sure they would recommend a wonderful program for him to join.

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msmith82

May-08-13 9:00 AM

This woman is being difficult. Her son is three years old. If he needs social interaction then there are programs for special needs kids.

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ohcwby

May-07-13 10:33 PM

@ItIsntEasyBeingFree, I agreed with you til you got to the Liberal, Socialist, Democrat BS.

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ohcwby

May-07-13 10:29 PM

@ horatio, thanks I was not aware that the Champion FH was only adults. I think this woman is only being difficult, she has lots of choices and yet seems to not be satisfied.

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ItIsntEasyBeingFree

May-07-13 10:10 PM

Liberal socialist democrats who are for handicapped children being excluded from public schools!

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Homersez

May-07-13 9:20 PM

Minority rule. Mainstream kids that should not be.

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dasmadchen

May-07-13 7:18 PM

All of those buildings should be handicapped accessible. Period. It isn't the family's fault that the building is old and the district "can't afford" it. And the Dept. of Justice will decide whether the options that have been offered comply with the ADA.

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CommonSense

May-07-13 7:00 PM

The parents DO have options to "educate" their child. They are just not the ones they want to hear. So now it is time to stamp their feet and demand.

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peopleplease

May-07-13 5:24 PM

Champion Elementary is extremely old. Making it handicap accessible is nearly impossible. Steep steps everywhere in this building. I think we are a little early for this article, most kids don't begin school until they are 5, right?

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jtoday

May-07-13 2:53 PM

WOW, the same folks who think it is okay for your tax dollars to go to private/for-profit schools. And think it is okay for districts to pay thousand to bus kids to these privates don't like spending money on a local kid. I just think it is a little hypocritical.

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knowitall

May-07-13 1:30 PM

Do the parents live in a one story home or did they install an elevator? Did they make every part of their home accessible? Do they have the proper vehicle?

The ADA is known more for being a stimulas plan for lawyers than for doing what it was originally designed for. As with many laws the intent and the result are nowhere near the same.

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msmith82

May-07-13 1:14 PM

There is a reason why there are specialized schools to help kids who have disabilities. A kid with special needs need special care. Schools like fairhaven provide aides and specialized teachers who can give the child the right attention. If that boy is in a wheelchair how can he get on a regular school bus. There is no shame in sending your kid to fairhaven. All kids are different you should not be ashamed of that.

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thediffrence

May-07-13 12:56 PM

That is just plain wrong of the school. YOU GO!

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msmith82

May-07-13 12:05 PM

I would think as a parent you would want them to go to a school who will cater to their child's needs. If he can't walk wouldn't you want him to ride a bus that makes it easy for him to get on. I know it is probably hard to come to terms with your child bring special needs. I think as a parent wouldn't you want your child to go to a school where there are aides to help him and specialized teachers to teach them.

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Doris

May-07-13 11:57 AM

I am very sure that your child is a very smart little fellow and he will continue to grow into a very bright young man. Our son started his education at Maplewood School District; from there he went to Victory Christrian School; from there he went on to Lakeview High School and Trumbull County Joint VoTech and he had some learning disabilities and if he had not of went to Lakeview he would not have graduated. However; though he just had ADHD and they knew how to handle that so all I am saying is that they suggested Lakeview Schools to you and I know that they also I do believe have the things needed to fit your son's special needs. I believe that your son is going to shine in school no matter what shool he attends; he just has to be given the same opportunities as the other children and he needs to know that he is no different. Good luck and Good Bless You~~~

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Billdog

May-07-13 11:20 AM

The law does state reasonable. To ask for the impossible isn't reasonable. I agree with many here. This child would be better accommodated at Fairhaven and have his needs better provided for. Under the law the district only has to provide an option if accommodations are not made in house. The district is also responsible for the cost of such accommodations. They have offered that. Although the district is with in the law, that really means nothing when it comes to those that decide the case. They could also look at the part of the law that says the district must provide the services in the least restrictive environment.

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rgadzina

May-07-13 11:00 AM

Solong saying .. The people shooting of their mouths just to say something should keep them shut. .. That's the pot calling the kettle black.

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chemicalbrother3

May-07-13 9:49 AM

indycolt..exactly.

the law is the law. if there is proof that they denied accepting this child and would not put in the necessary accommodations, they're going to have to compensate the family.

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horatio

May-07-13 9:42 AM

@ohcbwy,the Champion Fairheaven facility is a work shop for special needs adults,it is not a school for children.Trumbull county tax payers ALWAYS vote FOR Fairheaven levies,and it is a top notch school that these parents should take advantage of.Sadly,many parents worry about the social stigma of having a child at FH.They should seek counseling to get past that,and do what is best for their child.I'm sure that they DO want what's best,but they are asking for something that is un-necessary.I hope things work out well for them.Raising a special needs child is a very daunting task.They may be wrong about this ramp issue,but they do appear to be loving,caring parents.

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SURV69

May-07-13 9:40 AM

Does, what we think, really matter?

I'm sure a court ruling will be eventually handed down to inform the school of their "legal" obligations.

So this stage of the conversation will become moot.

Now's the time for real innovative thinking on the part of all the parties to resolve this issue before it gets to court.

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tiredoftheBS

May-07-13 9:30 AM

I didn't mean the parents pushing the levy. I'm saying the school board and everyone for the levy couldn't be happier with the timing of this article. Some people will now think, if I vote yes, the school will have the money to put in the ramp and/or anything else for this child. It couldn't have come at a worse time for those who are against the levy. It's just ridiculous that this article was printed on election day and will sway some votes.

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indycolt

May-07-13 9:27 AM

under ada act they have no choice but to put the elevator or ramps in. the only question now is is how much compensation the school district has to pay the family for that violation.

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