Autism: SCHOOL REFUSED MY SON’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AT SCHOOL

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Jessica:  My son has ED and autism disabilities. He is in third grade (regular school). We are close to moving him to another school with services he needs and waiting for his tests done. Now is February, we can move him to another school probably for next school year. I scheduled his Birthday Party with his teacher, she was ok with that. But the last day she refused my son’s Birthday Party because has been told by a resource specialist. I ask what is the reason since my son is not suspended and she told he is not listening teacher, so he didn’t earn it. I sent her an email and asked to provide information with school rules when a school can refuse child’s Birthday Party at school. What is my next step? What else can I do?

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Sometimes the simple answer is no. You want your children treated like everyone else then allow them to experience disappointment and the consequences of not following directions. However, Wrightsaw is not about common sense, disabilities, or responsible “advice.” If you want advice about perceived discrimination and relevancy then contact the ACLU.

Oh boy. Taking away the child’s birthday is like taking away recess from a kid who needs to run out their energy – – counterproductive and punitive with NO positive results. Kids with Autism see black and white. If he was told he was having a party then he should have a party. If this already happened, that’s very unfortunate. If it hasn’t happened yet, I would also go to the building principal and the director of special ed. Does your child have a behavior plan? Surely it doesn’t include penalizing him in that manner. Just ridiculous and sad. Sorry. Wish I had something like a legal magic wand to fix it for him.

Ask the principal for a copy of the policy on this type of activity. If they followed the policy, there may not be much you can do. If they did not follow policy, or they do not have a policy, the principal could correct this situation. There should be a procedure for appealing decisions above the principal.

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