In response to "Mixing of students causes resentment and envy" (Letters, April 9):
I have a son with special needs and have researched inclusion vs. segregation and read through numerous studies that have shown that inclusion has just as much positive effects on normal-developing peers as it provides for the special-needs child.
Our normal developing children will not be uncomfortable with diversity of any kind. I feel they will be more tolerant and accepting of all people no matter what "ability," race or creed.
This is a future I want for all children. I watch closely how people treat my son at his school; he is a bit of a rock star, maybe that is why the letter writer mentioned envy. Teachers and his peers alike seek him out as he is a positive and caring child; they do not shun him.
I am thankful that Maui educators are aware of these studies and are working toward inclusion. I wish I had grown up in a school that had provided inclusion as I wouldn't have been so scared to accept my own child.
He has provided so much joy and acceptance to not only my family and extended ohana, but to his classmates, teachers and administrators at his school.