Should kids with developmental disabilities be 'mainstreamed' when it comes to education?


In this 21 News podcast, assistant managing editor Justin Mitchell and reporter Kaitlyn McCarthy speak with Hannah Grieco, a nationally recognized expert, author, educator, and advocate for parents of children with developmental disabilities when it comes to education.

After parents raised concerns about the planned sunsetting of an Austintown School district program for children with developmental disabilities, we asked Grieco for her thoughts on incorporating students into 'mainstream' classes and whether or not this was helpful in the long run for all students involved.

More than 100 parents have signed a petition asking the Austintown schools to rethink a decision to eliminate a program for students with disabilities. 

The district says the change will benefit all students involved, but some parents are worried their children's needs could be unmet. 


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