A school district that takes the isolation out of autism

The family of the autistic teen in this New York Times story moved from Tennessee  to Madison, Wis., because Madison is known for including children with autism in mainstream classrooms.

Madison, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., and Clark County, Nev, are the three districts nationally recognized for including children with disabilities in regular classes, the head of the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative told the newspaper.

MADISON, Wis. — Garner Moss has autism and when he was finishing fifth grade, his classmates made a video about him, so the new students he would meet in the bigger middle school would know what to expect. His friend Sef Vankan summed up Garner this way: “He puts a little twist in our lives we don’t usually have without him.”

People with autism are often socially isolated, but the Madison public schools are nationally known for including children with disabilities in regular classes. Now, as a high school junior, Garner, 17, has added his little twist to many lives.

via On Education – A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism – NYTimes.com.

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