domingo, 19 de outubro de 2014

Autismo e risco de fuga - reportagem do Huffington Post

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

In May 2014 a 9-year-old autistic child from Bellevue, Nebraska, left school -- unnoticed -- and surprised and frightened his mother by walking in the door and asking for a snack. Her son functions at the level of a 5-year-old and crossed two busy streets to get home, with no understanding of how to do so safely.
Again, in May 2014, another 9-year-old child on the autism spectrum left his Oakland Park, Florida, school early and walked 12 blocks home. He was found trying to get into his home through a window and later described chatting with a complete stranger along the way.
These aren't the only incidents of autistic children wandering from school (commonly referred to as "elopement"). Following elopement incidents, we usually hear school districts "express concern" and pledge to "work with parents to ensure their child's future safety." I'm sure they mean it and will probably try. But what do they say to Vanessa Fontaine? Her son's school can't work with her now. (...) Continua:

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