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Texas Special Education Not Available For All, Family Forced To Move To Pennsylvania


These parents truly care for their child. Growing up struggling with Asperger, one family had decided that they need to pack up and move to Pennsylvania to provide special education for their daughter.

Jade Blouin had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Because of her condition, she had been most likely teased. She started calling herself a "dummy" after being unable to recognize common words and images, and would beg her parents to home-school her instead, as reported by The Houston Chronicle.

Jade's parents did not have a choice. Texas schools do not provide special education services. So they had to look elsewhere. Which is why they moved out of Texas. They moved to Pennsylvania during the summer. Her parents explained that after not getting the support their daughter needed for her condition, her father took a job at Penn State. He quit his job as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her father, Ed Fuller, got a job as an associate education professor instead at Penn State University. Plus, Penn State University has a Special Education program for teachers and undergraduates, as shown in the official Penn State U website.

When he sat down with the special education team, he handed them a 4 inch stack of files that details all of her daughter's neurological and psychological assessments. He was a bit skeptical but was glad that schools in Pennsylvania offer special education.

Ed Fuller almost lost hope. It was reported that the Texas Education Agency decided that only 8.5 percent of students per year are allowed to get special education services. Fuller said that Jade loves books but it was painful for him to watch her read. He would see her not understanding what she read and would give up. According to reports, Fuller and his family moved out because unelected state officials have created a system that excludes thousands of disabled children out of special education.

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