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  1. Thank you for this article. My son had spinal meningitis at age 1 and was, briefly, in a coma. He had several medical tests before entering school and sailed through all of them. I was, however, cautioned that when he started school, learning disabilities might be an issue. He did K twice (big mistake) because the school thought that it was probably maturational. When they finally got around to giving him a psych-ed assessment, the district psychologist got his birthday wrong and the test indicated that he was mentally challenged. Exhausted and fed-up, I moved the entire family to Vancouver where there were more services. Luckily, because of his medical history, Children’s Hospital did the assessment. Yes, he was severely learning disabled (auditory and visual impairments) but he got the help he needed all through school because of his medical history. I later became a special education teacher. At first it was great and my students all had assessments and I could get support services when necessary. As soon as special ed. funding from the Ministry was put into the general operating funds, special ed services deteriorated to the point of nearly non-existent. Now they have thought of a way to further reduce spending. The prevalence model is not based on individual need. Children who need support are in every neighborhood, regardless of income. Parents should be very alarmed about this model. How can you determine the level of funding when the waiting list for district assessments are at least two years? Exactly what data will they use to determine prevalence?

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