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    A Matter of Choice

    by Nicole Fruge posted March 7, 2012
    Carly rides her scooter after getting home from school on February 15, 2012. The family and therapists follow a strict routine daily, and Carly always goes for a walk or a scooter ride after her snack. It helps expel energy and anxiety from the day, making it easier to work with her.   The Fuchs family, in Gahanna, Ohio has three children- Nick, 11, Chris, 12, and Carly, 10. Nick was adopted from Peru, Carly has complications from autism, and Chris has Down syndrome. The children attend St. Matthew School, a Catholic school that is not approved by the state to accept vouchers, and has no special education teacher. The Fuchs have daily therapy sessions after school.  CREDIT: Andrew Spear for Education Week

    Carly Fuchs, 10, rides her scooter after getting home from school. The family and therapists follow a strict routine daily, and Carly always goes for a walk or a scooter ride after her snack. It helps expel energy and anxiety from the day, making it easier to work with her. Carly has autism. —Andrew Spear for Education Week

    Andrew Spear photographed the Fuchs family for a story on special education voucher programs. Fati Fuchs, a mother of three in Gahanna, Ohio, has never sent her children to public school. She said she is comfortable with the education they are getting at St. Matthew School, a Roman Catholic school in her community that doesn’t meet state requirements to accept vouchers in part because there is no special education teacher on staff. Ms. Fuchs uses Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, created in 2003, to pay for therapy and tutoring for her daughter, Carly, who has autism. “You have to be smart about how you use the funding to best meet the needs of the child,” Ms. Fuchs said.

     

     

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