Kudos to Youngstown! YOU finally did it. I too had to face my son being diagnosed w/ Autism, but the services, along with the trained educators, were far and few between. I had my son at several schools in the city. One of which was MLK (which has been closed and gone for years now). This is where we met our savior, Mrs. M. She was amazing. I've always told her that she saved my son. It feels good to see that my hometown is getting on board w/ the rest of the country and educating EVERY CHILD. My son is now 21 and he's a college student. Every day was not easy. Some hard days ran on for weeks, but there was always a moment every now and again, that gave me hope. Remember parents, you know your child the best. You know what works for your child. YOU are the expert. Best thing you can do for your child is stay educated yourself. Find support among other parents, form groups, not only for parents but for your children. Know what services are out there, and learn how to get them for your children. Be creative. Also, fight for teachers who are educated in this field.Good Luck to the parents and kids of Youngstown. Best Wishes, Yvette Prayor
October 17, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.
It is so nice to see this happening. I moved from my hometown of Youngstown, 13 years ago for this very reason - no services for Autism. However, with limited resources,THE TEACHERS @ Martin Luther King Elemetary School (Sped Education teachers - ONLY) did a phenomenal job while my son was there for his first few years of schooling. They saved him, in my opinion. My family then relocated to Massachusetts. We know the Summit Academy very well...when my town (Worcester) was picked to have an academy in town, I was at most meetings encouraging that the program be a part of the community. And so that came to pass, and the kids are doing great. My son, although he did well with services in the public schools and my persistence, it would have been wonderful to have a school to serve all of his needs. My son, now 20 is a college student and doing well. If it weren't for my desire to get him the education THAT HE DESERVED, he might be in a different place. That being said, I want to congratulate Summit Academy for their success.
August 1, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.