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Success Stories: Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities

three students


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Angenis, a student with dyslexia who was a non-reader at age 12, attended a school that was unable to help him learn to read.

Gloria is a student with a learning disability and anxiety who had difficulty throughout elementary school, but was not referred for special education services until the very end of fifth grade.

Jake had been struggling in school for several years and was far below grade level.

Josh first came to AFC because he was desperate to learn how to read; he was 20 years old but only reading on a first-grade level.

Julian is a hardworking student on the autism spectrum who needed an appropriate school placement. He was the 2017 recipient of AFC's Education Champion Award.

Kalilah, a 14-year-old with a learning disability, was struggling with reading and writing and needed evidence-based literacy instruction.

Kendall, a student with autism, was referred to AFC when his mother needed assistance securing an appropriate high school placement.

Paige, a bright third grade student on the autism spectrum, sat at home for nearly two months waiting for a school placement that would meet her needs.

Tayloni was referred to AFC for assistance with her educational needs as she transitioned back to school after being hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed from the waist down.

Valerie spent years making little academic progress, but each year, rather than provide additional supports or a more appropriate placement, the Committee on Special Education (CSE) would lower her promotional criteria.

Yshamar, a student from Haiti with dyslexia, started ninth grade unable to read and knowing only a handful of letters. He was the 2016 recipient of AFC's Education Champion Award.

Zio is a child with an autism spectrum disorder who had attended four schools in six years, unable to find one that met his learning needs. He was the 2013 recipient of AFC's Education Champion Award.