School Denies Autistic Boy’s Rights

Quinn Hasslinger was left behind while classmates took a school trip (Photo by Flickr/blisschan)

Quinn, a boy from Oregon diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, has a hard enough time fitting in and socializing with his classmates. When the opportunity came for Quinn to join his fellow students at an overnight field trip to Upham Woods in the Dells, his mother Cathy Hasslinger was heartbroken to discover that the school district forbade him to attend.

Since enrolling Quinn in Karate class at the age of 13, Hasslinger tried everything to help her autistic son belong. Because of this class, not only is he more disciplined and focused, but happier in general. But this rejection has affected him as well as his mother, who is, with reason, outraged at the school’s reaction.

Hasslinger suggested multiple ways to sway the school district into letting her son attend such as taking care of Quinn on the trip, supervising him and merely participating as a spectator.

Still, the Oregon school district has remained unyielding in their decision. Hasslinger commented; Something just went wrong. This should not have happened.

Now Hasslinger is seeking justice from the law, claiming that the Oregon school district cannot deny her son a simple overnight trip with the school.

Jeff Spitzer-Resnick, an attorney with Disability Rights Wisconsin, says the district should have accommodated Quinn. He continued to say “Both federal and state law requires an interactive process and for the school district to provide reasonable accommodations so that kids with disabilities can participate in the same activities as their non-disabled peers.”

For more information on this story, please check back. The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism) will continue to post on this topic, as new details are received.

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