In recent weeks, the media has reported on several stories centered on allegations of child abuse at the hands of teachers. What ties these disturbing tales of sexual, physical and emotional abuse together is that the victims are all students with learning disabilities. It is virtually impossible to read these stories and not be emotionally moved by what is apparently happening to far too many special needs kids nationwide.
A number of myths and misconceptions surround the diagnosis of autism. As many parents of autistic children have experienced, these myths and misconceptions can cause individuals to react to autistic children inappropriately. Partially in response to this information gap between autism experts and the general public, April has been designated National Autism Awareness Month.