"If someone came out with a drug or a therapy that would cure [my brother, who has Asperger's)], I'm not sure I'd want that. I'm not sure if he would. Part of what makes my brother who he is is his disability.... He and I live in the same world but he sees and reacts to things differently than others. If he had a more severe form of autism I might feel otherwise. On the other hand, if I were a parent raising a child with autism, a treatment might look very appealing."
-from a commenter, hen3ry in New York, on the above-mentioned article at www.nytimes.com
Harrassment—An Ugly Reality
"Students with disabilities all too often become the brunt of abusive jokes, crude name-calling, threats, and bullying-and even sexual and physical assault by teachers and other students. In my opinion, this type of bullying is the worst type. This type of disregard for the differences among us represents, in my view, the most callous form of inhumanity there is. [My grandson, aka 'The Panda'] was bullied because he was different. He was different because of his disability. When the school knows about this type of bullying and does not act to stop it, it is discriminating against a student with a disability. When [my granddaughter with Down syndrome], Victoria, was put into a 'time-out' room-the six-by-six-foot cinder-block closet-by her teacher simply because the teacher became frustrated with her behavior, that too was disability harassment because the teacher failed to take into consideration the fact that Victoria was not able to express her thoughts verbally."
-Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D., former teacher, principal, school superintendent, and now a legal consultant for high profile school bullying cases, in his book The Bully Action Guide: How To Help Your Child and Get Your School To Listen--which, in our opinion, should be required reading for all parents today (it includes concrete case studies, real action plans, and plenty to enlighten parents on what bullying--of the physical and cyber variety-is really all about). Visit www.thebullyactionguide.com.