All children deserve appropriate education

This is in response to “Mixing of students causes resentment and envy” (Letters, April 9):

What does the letter writer propose? Isolation, home school, institutionalization?

First of all, to suggest that “kids with special needs” should not be in the same schools as typical children shows an incredible lack of perception entailed within the special-needs community.

It appears the letter writer would like for us to go back prior to 1975 when states were not required to assure a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities (now known as IDEA).

My daughter is 8 years old and happens to have Down syndrome. She has attended public school since she was 3 years old and I am certain that her presence in class has never shortened or deprived any of the students’ attention from the teacher both past and present.

Debbie Prouty