Speaking out for People with
 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Recognizing that every person with special needs has unique strengths, abilities and needs, VOR supports a full array of educational and residential options. We are the only national organization supporting a full array of educational and residential options. We hope that the resources in this section provide families some help and guidance as they work to secure for their children all necessary services and supports.

Special Ed Demand Grows

Schools grapple with degree to which they're responsible for social, as well as academic, skills

By Sara B. Miller | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor, August 24, 2004

She was a bright 9-year-old with a high IQ and a flair for creative writing. When she grew anxious and refused to do homework, her parents and school were at a loss. No one considered it a learning disability, until sixth grade when she tried to commit suicide. She was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that can interfere with basic social skills.

Still, looking at her academic record, officials in her Maine school district said that while she needed extra support, they saw no reason to place the girl - known as L.I. in court documents - in special education. After all, she'd been able to learn despite her difficulties.

But her parents disagreed with the decision, and have filed a civil rights suit in federal court in Maine.

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