Schools not caring for children with disabilities

I was deeply moved by the March 10 article “Defender of the defenseless” in which Eileen Parkman was given an award for bravery for protecting a young boy with autism from being bullied on the playground while no one was around.

As a mother of a child with autism, I have found that many children who are even a little different are continually harassed. What that boy with autism has endured will never be truly known because he cannot tell us.

Unfortunately, the current one-size-fits-all school system is sorely lacking in providing even the most basic care to our children with disabilities.

I myself caught two paraprofessionals holding my child upside-down by his wrists and ankles like an animal. I was horrified and told them to put my then-6-year-old son down. They were unapologetic and said this was the procedure they were instructed to use if the child refused to move on his own.

Because the situation was completely intolerable, I was forced to quit my job in order to stay home and teach my child. I am not the only one. I know of several teachers who have children with autism who do not send their child to public school. Instead, a family member stays home with the child during the day. They feel forced to do this because they know our school system is rampant with abuse and bullying even at the elementary school level.

Denise Greenberg