Two events focusing on children with autism are being held in Atlanta.
Autism is a severe developmental disability that affects brain functions in several areas, such as communication skills. It is a spectrum disorder meaning the severity of the disease varies widely among children.
For years, parents and school officials have clashed over the best way to teach these children. Many are bright but have difficulty interacting with other students. As a result, some schools separate autistic students from classmates. Their parents and other advocates say this deprives autistic children of a quality education.
Some say these parents are just fighting for their kids. Others say they are putting unreasonable demands on schools.
While many might not like to admit it publicly, a lot of parents don’t want autistic students in the same classroom as their kids. They say teachers spend so much time with the special needs students that it takes away from the rest of the class.
Who is doing a good job teaching kids with autism? What more should schools do?