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Letter: 'Beyond impressed' with Hudson special education

Published: February 20, 2013 12:00 AM

This letter is in

response to "Feels Hudson special education costs are too high" (Feb. 13). The author hides under the guise of cost concerns and then maliciously attacks the very being of the learning disabled.

Our family moved to Hudson more than six years ago from Connecticut. Two of our three daughters have "diagnosed" learning disabilities.

After extensive research and interviews, we first chose to send our daughters to the Lawrence School, a school for learning disabled (for kids "who learn differently"). After two years there, they transferred to the Hudson school system. At first we were apprehensive, but after meeting with the team there, we were beyond impressed. We felt the risk was worth taking. They have since graduated from the Hudson High School.

As any informed person should know, children are born with legitimate and diagnosed learning disabilities.

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The spectrum is vast, but legally they are a protected class. It is their right to receive a K-12 education in a safe and inclusive environment. Children with learning disabilities are challenged from the start to the finish of their education. It would be an understatement to say that they are often misunderstood, misinterpreted, bullied by their peers and sometimes even mistreated by their teachers. Not so in Hudson, Ohio.

Our daughters thrived in the Hudson school system. I truly believe that because of their experience there, they are off at college and doing very well. We are forever grateful to the special ed team of the Hudson City School District.

In a society where we are advised to be respectful of our differences, I urge the author to become better informed.

Rollin Tod,


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