My son no longer finds safety,
In your heavily sanctioned,
He longs to break free of your rulings,
Designed as they are,
For small-minded children,
And not for young adults,
With thoughts and desires of their own,
Disabilities or no,
My son is a young man of clarity,
With hopes and goals,
And dreams of his own,
Why must you seek to contain him?
Isn’t it your job to help him to grow?
I give you his days in the trust,
That you will honor your obligations,
How is ignoring his voice when he speaks it,
Upholding your charter to promote,
Understanding, support and humanity?
When you stop becoming part of the solution,
You inevitably become part of the problem,
My son deserves better than being trapped,
In just another endless version,
Of educational bureaucracy,
If he’s smart enough to know,
That the way you are treating him isn’t right,
Then he’s smart enough to grow,
And walk well beyond your light.
So please be advised that we will not be beholden,
To yours or anyone elses,
‘Well meaning’ forms,
Of ‘special’ discrimination.
- Schools admit lack of funding forces discrimination (radionz.co.nz)
- In Charter Schools, Fewer With Disabilities (nytimes.com)
- Young people of multiple disadvantaged groups face worse health due to more discrimination (eurekalert.org)
- Disability or discrimination -which is most distressing? (fecthis.wordpress.com)
- TSA routinely violates own rules and the law to discriminate against people w/disabilities (boingboing.net)
- Disability Discrimination (rheumatoidarthritispatient.wordpress.com)