The public policy that could change my autistic son’s life

The public policy that could change my autistic son’s life
By Paul Thibodeaux
Texas Tribune‘s TribTalk

I walked into the Texas Capitol for the first time several weeks ago on an unusual mission: I came to share my greatest fear as a father.

We teared up when we first learned about legislation that would have allowed parents to customize the education of their special-needs children. Finally, we had hope that perhaps our son may have the opportunity to learn, to get a job, to have confidence and to feel normal. That one day, he might become a productive member of society.

There is still time to act on behalf of the students who most need help. A one-size-fits-all education model simply does not work for this community of students who each have unique learning challenges that call for specialized teaching and therapies.

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