A Live Controversy

A Live Controversy

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A Live Controversy documents the Hartmann family's lengthy and tireless fight to gain the least restrictive education for their son, Mark, from his diagnosis of autism at age two through his senior year of high school. The Hartmanns faced bias and resistance from the Loudoun County school systems of Virginia, who were unwilling to rise to the call of Mark's challenges and provide inclusive education. Ultimately, Mark's family and Loudoun County Schools battled in court, therefore calling national attention to the plight of autistic children. After years of red tape and legal battles, the Hartmann's hard work finally culminated in the landmark disabilities case, Hartmann v. The Loudon County Board of Education. While the legal battle was lost, Mark was still able to finish his high school education and social upbringing in the inclusive environment of a neighboring school system. A Live Controversy not only models how to organize teachers, therapists, and social networks to encourage appropriate development of autistic children, but offers insight on family life and behavior modification techniques as well.Instead, Mark was bombarded with a wide variety of tests on a near-weekly basis to determine his skills in math, reading, and in the use of ... less attention to teaching Mark according to his IEP goals/objectives and far more attention to determining his level of functioning. ... doubts to us at every turn about Marka#39;s ability to live up to the accomplishments demonstrated during first grade at Butterfield School.

Title:A Live Controversy
Author:Roxana Hartmann, Joseph Hartmann
Publisher:Brandylane Publishers Inc - 2010


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