Thursday, May 19, 2011

Montessori Academy Discriminated Against Child with Autism

Montessori Academy Discriminated Against Autistic Child, Says DOJ

The US Department of Justice has ruled that a state-funded private preschool program, Beginning Montessori Academy in Baldwin Park, California, discriminated against an autistic child. According to the settlement agreement, after attending the school "for some time," the child's mother, Kathy Castaneda, was informed by the school that

...[the child] would not be accepted for the following school year and that as of July 1, 2008, the Montessori Academy would no longer accept any child with autism or any specialized condition or need.

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