Public Comment on Autism Respite 10/8/2019. #netDE #eduDE

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President
Griffin, Executive Secretary Gregg, members of the board of education,

I stand
before you today as a resident, taxpayer, referendum voter, and father to Evan,
an 18 year old in the Delaware Autism Program who has utilized respite
services.

As you can
probably guess, I’m displeased right now. This board, through its persistent
inaction and inattentiveness, combined with its recalcitrance to hold its
leaders meaningfully accountable has unwittingly participated in a crime against
the Autism community. CSD administration’s decision to suspend respite absent
your explicit assent yielded what amounts to an act of emotional terrorism upon
Autism families. The primary caregivers to our students in need have been
subjected to 10 days of trauma,,,scrambling to make adjustments by a decision
thrust upon them with no notice.

As CSD has
embarked upon its reckless, directionless transformation of city schools it has
been focusing on trauma informed practices as a primary…

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