Autism remarks were 'out of line'
The remarks from Katy ISD preschool teacher, who made fun autism, were out of line and do not reflect the sentiment of the district, spokesman Steve Stanford said.
Since becoming aware of this situation, Katy ISD officials have been working with the mother to address her concerns and will continue to do so until it is resolved. It appears that the teacher's remarks are not appropriate and do not reflect the values of our district. This type of behavior will not be tolerated and the appropriate corrective action will be taken.
Read my post from yesterday to get the background on this incident.
The teacher demonstrated a lack of understanding about the stress that families with autism face in getting assistance for their children, a parent representing the the Katy Autism Support Group said today.
Leslie Phillips, the vice president of communications for the advocacy group, also said her group is concerned about the lack of privacy exercised by the employee in the incident.
The discussion (with another employee) was inappropriate and did not reflect the basic issue of privacy that all the students are entitled to receive," Phillips said.
The Katy Autism Support Group estimates that one in 80 students in Katy ISD suffers from autism.
If you are interested in attending support group meetings, they are held monthly at Vida Loca Restaurant, located at 21810 Kingsland Boulevard between Mason Road and Provincial. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 3. Check the Web site for more details.
I applaud Katy ISD in responding to this incident and asserting that this type of insensitivity against autistic children and their families would be punished.
I believe the district would have addressed this whether the parent had gone to the media or not. I also do not believe that this teacher's remarks represent the average view on autism in Katy ISD.
But what do you think? Would Katy ISD have addressed this and issued corrective action to the teacher without media intervention?
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