Diversity and inclusion are more than just boxes you check for your school. They are a place of learning for all involved. Inclusion teaches kindness, empathy and social skills in all children. A school in our community needs to step up and help. There has to be a preschool willing to work with these kids and their families. I understand the financial aspect of inclusion. It requires more staff and that means more money. But, to this I say “so what?” There are hundreds of grants available for educational institutions willing to work with children with special needs. But first you have to be willing to try. You have to be willing to take these kids because your love for them and their education out-weighs the work involved.
So as we begin a new week, I will begin my fight for Ellie to get into a program in our public schools. This is an uphill battle, but I will never stop fighting for my child. It just shouldn’t be this hard.
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