Monday, June 3, 2013

How a Special Ed Student Changed His Life and Found Success

Seven years ago, when I first wrote about Paula Lazor’s teenage son, John, his future was uncertain. The headline read: “Bright, But Falls Asleep in Class.”
Educators at public and private schools had helped John for years with his learning disabilities. But homework was still torture, and he had trouble following what teachers said. The nodding off in class had begun in eighth grade.John became interested in welding after watching the Jesse James reality show “Monster Garage.” The Arlington County school system’s career center had an automobile repair course that seemed perfect. Then he bumped into one of those inexplicable rules that special-education families know too well: Students with learning disabilities, he was told, were not eligible for the course.

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