Monday, March 21, 2005

So Apparantly...

...The Vancouver School Board will fund in-class aids for children who have a diagnosis that is neurological, but will not fund classroom aids for kids with a chemical diagnosis.

In other words, children with Sensory Integration Disorder, a neurological problem, can stay in regular classes with an aide.

Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, must be moved to a 'placement' in a special needs class.

Nevermind that these two disorders can have parallel manifestations and the diagnoses of both can be confused and mixed.

Nevermind if a specific child who may have the OCD diagnosis would do far better with an aid in a mainstream class...and would likely transition to mainstream classes woithout an aid in the near future, if given the CHANCE.

Not to mention that soem children with SID have violent behavioral outbursts that don't belong in a mainstream classroom.

So much for being flexible and providing for a child's needs. SO much for evaluating each case and makin appropriate funding/resource decisions.

Nope, this is arbitrary. This is black and white. No ifs ands or buts about it.

Sigh.

I thought we had progressed so much further than this.