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Verbal Abuse of Autistic Student Calls for Change

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Abusers prey on the weak and often most innocent of our society.  Abuse doesn’t always leave visible marks or other telltale signs of abuse. Many victims, such as the elderly or mentally handicapped, are often not capable of telling about the abuse. It takes a story like the one below, where a hidden camera uncovers the verbal abuse of an autistic child by his special needs teacher, to make us sit up and pay attention.
This story exposes an educational system where”teachers” are not educated and equipped to perform their job. Why are special-education programs in many communities lacking the support and expertise needed to benefit children with disabilities?  “

Staffers who abuse special-education students “don’t appear to have the skills they need … and clearly don’t have the supervision they need,” said Brenda Considine, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Coalition for Special Education Funding Reform.

Assemblyman Dave Rible, a Republican from Monmouth who has called for improvements to special education in New Jersey, said he understands the outcry. “No one wants to see their children degraded or hurt.” 

Rible last week urged legislative action on a measure he’s sponsored to create a task force of special-education experts. “The whole crux of my bill is to examine special education, how we’re spending money there and how we can improve it,” said Rible. “If we’re providing a service, we’ve got to provide the best possible service.”

Now is the time to demand better of ourselves. We know training educators about abuse is insufficient and mostly outdated and underfunded.  That is the situation at hand and will remain so until we all decided, together, to do something to change it. And it goes beyond this particular issue, to the greater issue of stopping all abuse.  The Stop Abuse Campaign is the movement and YOU are the movement to stop abuse in America, once you click the pledge on our homepage to do so.  The Stop Abuse Campaign is dedicated to stopping all abuse. Get involved today. Make a difference. Become an AbuseStopper by taking The Pledge on our homepage. More important, become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do.  Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Get involved and learn how.  Make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.

N.J. teacher, aide heard bullying autistic boy

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – When harsh words flew in a classroom for autistic children here, the school employees who spoke them likely thought no one in authority would ever hear.

“Shut up,” shouted one staffer, unaware that a digital recorder was hidden in the pocket of 10-year-old Akian Chaifetz.

“Go ahead and scream because guess what? You’re going to get nothing until your mouth is shut.

 

“Oh Akian, you are a bastard.”

By Mel Evans, AP Stuart Chaifetz kisses his son, Akian Chaifetz, 10, as they play in the backyard of their home Wednesday in Cherry Hill, N.J.

But after the boy’s father, Stuart Chaifetz, released excerpts of the tape in an online video last week, millions of people learned what was said at the Horace Mann Elementary School.

Now, educators and others are trying to figure out just what the incident means.

“What happened in the classroom is not excusable and should not have happened,” Cherry Hill school officials said in a statement Friday. But while vowing to learn from the experience, the officials assert, “We believe this regrettable incident is an anomaly.”

Others aren’t so sure. They say special-education programs in many communities may lack the support and expertise needed to benefit children with disabilities.

Staffers who abuse special-education students “don’t appear to have the skills they need … and clearly don’t have the supervision they need,” said Brenda Considine, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Coalition for Special Education Funding Reform.

“It’s ironic that this stuff is garnering so much attention because we just passed one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the country aimed at stopping kids from bullying one another,” said Considine. “Here’s clear-cut evidence that (school employees) are engaged in bullying.”

The Cherry Hill incident wasn’t the first such case in New Jersey.

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