Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Students Feel Left Out After Graduation

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -— Like any parent, Maureen Osei was excited to attend her daughter Lauren's high school graduation.
After six years of hard work and overcoming a serious disability, Lauren, 21, who has autism, was set to receive her certificate of completion from Spring Valley High School, where she had been enrolled in a special-needs program.
But the proud parent's excitement gave way to confusion and anger when she arrived at Sunday's commencement ceremony and discovered Lauren's name missing from the class of 2011 seating arrangements and from the commencement program listing each of the 250 graduates.
Also left off the list: Anthony Mundy, a 21-year-old with Down syndrome and the only other student from Lauren's special-needs class who was to graduate Sunday.

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