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May 22nd, 2009
01:21 PM ET

Passionate advocate for children

This week the GAO presented a disturbing report to Congress about cases of abusive treatment of special needs children. The stories of harsh treatment of these kids by teachers were heart breaking. Then we found Ann Marie Taylor. She gave us hope. She is an award winning educator spending her life advocating for special needs children and training other teachers.

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  1. Tina M. Turner

    My son is considered special needs. The abuse of children who are not typical is common everywhere."Special needs" covers a large area of disabilities, no teacher can possibly be trained to work with all of them. My son's disabilities were rare. This made him the target for emotional, mental and physical abuse at his previous school.
    The physical abuse was caused by typical students who were frequently inadequately supervised in common areas. The teachers were chatting while my son was being tormented on the playground.
    He actually knocked himself out on a piece of playground equipment, trying to escape. They didn't call me, or the paramedics, until he regained conciousness on his own. The teachers said they thought the kids were playing with him. This is one of many instances he went through. He was 8yrs old and suicidal. He is now 13 and still has many issues because of the abuse.

    May 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  2. DRBerry from Huntsville, Al

    I saw the report on CNN about a teacher accused of abusing a special needs child. There was even a recording of her hitting the child and him crying out over and over agin. These teachers are persons of athority to the children intrusted to them. If a police officer is caught beating a baby do you think he needs special training? No he needs to go to prison. There's no excuse for anyone to hurt people, period, especially the defensless and training will do nothing to change the people guilty of this.
    If we really care for the disabled then we need to protect them from these criminals by throwing them in jail.
    I heard there was a teacher sitting on one youg boy and he kept telling her he couldn't breathe. She said if he couldn't breathe then he wouldn't be able to talk. He died. She murdered him. Boy, sure hope she gets some training.

    May 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  3. Autisticmom

    Americans when are you going to learn? You like to show in the media the problems of others countries but you have a lot of laundry in USA.
    The teacher that suffocated to death this poor boy with autism (Tony Price) got an administrative leave ..... Can you believe that ? And you think you are the best country in the world ? Get real!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 12:16 am |

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