My special needs son Jeffery was excluded from walking at his kindergarten graduation back in 2011-2012. No one at the school remembered to include him in the graduation because the school forgot about him.
Because of this, I decided I needed to do something more so that future special needs children and their families wouldn't ever have to face being forgotten and excluded.
My son was the only kindergartener during this year that was sent to a self-contained classroom because he wouldn't have received the one-on-one or any of the therapies that were needed had he been sent to a regular classroom.
This is why this petition was created. My wish is to never see another disabled child become excluded from their own kindergarten graduation, or any type of important event! It shouldn't matter where the child is sent to, they should never be forgotten or excluded!
Please sign my petition to tell Crossett Arkansas School District that forgetting or excluding ANY child, whether they're special needs or not, should NEVER be accepted and to start making sure these kids get the recognition they deserve by including future special needs kindergarteners to graduation! Ask the school to apologize and create a written policy to prevent this from happening again.
I would also like to point out that no parent should ever have to "ask" if their own child can participate in graduation or ANY important event. This is inexcusable and unacceptable!
Crossett Arkansas School District,
We the undersigned demand you apologize for excluding special needs students like Jeffery from walking at their kindergarten graduation. This type of discrimination is inexcusable and unacceptable!
Please create a written policy that will ensure all students are included in graduation and other important ceremonies.