Missouri Advocates For Families Affected by Autism

We are a citizens action group advocating and lobbying for families that have a child with special needs. We believe that EVERY child has a right to a FREE and APPROPRIATE EDUCATION and should NEVER BE LEFT BEHIND.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Autistic child's mom wants cameras in special needs classes

Autistic child's mom wants cameras in special needs classes

CLEVELAND -- Tara Heidinger wants cameras in all special needs classrooms in Ohio. She started this campaign when her son, Corey, came home with bruises on his arm.
"He said the teacher was mean to me," Heidinger said.
She says her son is autistic and the school believed he made it up. There was no proof of abuse, so that's when this mom decided cameras should be in Ohio special needs classrooms.
"I want more eyes and ears in these classes," says Heidinger.
She hopes legislation will be introduced in Ohio soon. She has a Facebook page and supporters all over the country and world.
Not everyone agrees.
The Ohio Education Association said this:
"Incidents of abuse are abhorrent, but rare. Current school district policies guard against such incidents and provide the means to correct any neglectful or abusive practices. The ramifications of mandating cameras in the classroom pose greater issues for student privacy than merely seeking to eliminate abuse."

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