Let’s Get Real. A Free Public Education Isn’t Free for My Autistic Son

2 01 2020

Did you read that right? Yes.

That “free” education that all of our children are, by law, entitled to, will cost us THOUSANDS of dollars to SAFELY obtain.

If you’ve read my son’s story over on the Paws 4 Autism page, you know we’re homeschooling because my son was bullied on a weekly (often more) basis by a number of kids throughout FIRST GRADE. It amped up his anxiety. Made him fearful to go to school. Learning was no longer fun. Our mornings were horrible and always full of tension because he was dreading the day. And can you blame him? Not only was he getting teased, he was being hit and punched.

Kiddos with autism struggle socially. Those social struggles leave them vulnerable to bullying.

My boy has had enough trauma in his young life, so we pulled him out of school to homeschool him.

But the goal is to get him back in school. I want him to have a chance to figure out how to navigate social situations. I want him to have friends. I want him to see all the variety out there.

But it needs to be safe and that’s where a service dog comes in.

I had some time to think about this the week before Christmas (two different kids were in the hospital that week). Between the fundraising for a service dog and the homeschooling costs, at MINIMUM, it will cost somewhere around $22,000 dollars (you read that correctly) for him to SAFELY ACCESS the FREE public education the law says he’s entitled to.

That’s just ONE of the costs of special needs, and looking at it, it seems kind of extreme that we have to come up with/raise $22,000 so he can safely attend the public school just around the corner.


Thanks for stopping by


If you’d like to read more of his story, or help him reach his fundraising goal for a service dog you can find the information here: Help JJ



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