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A 13-year-old with autism will be allowed to attend his neighborhood middle school after waging an online protest against a school district plan to segregate him.

Henry Frost took to social media after his Tampa, Fla.-area school district insisted that he attend a special program for students with disabilities rather than the school located just yards from his house.

In an online petition asking school officials to reconsider, Frost said that the district told him he would need to take tests and demonstrate that he could climb the building’s stairs, among other requirements, before he could attend his local school. Frost garnered more than 4,000 supporters on Facebook along with over 6,500 signatures on the petition and now the school district appears to have backed down.

After 14 hours of meetings, Frost’s family said he will be allowed to attend his neighborhood school and will have the assistance of an aide and other accommodations in the new placement, reports NPR StateImpact Florida. To read more click here.

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Comments (5 Responses)

  1. Sharon D says:

    Awesome! Keep on fighting for your rights. I am proud as I have a middle schooler with ASD.

  2. Mom of Princess says:

    Awesome!!! This is wonderful news to hear!

  3. Amy says:

    Does the school district not understand the term Least Restrictive Environment. It makes me proud to see this young man advocate for himself, but I am sad that he had to.

  4. KA101 says:

    Good. May the students, staff, and faculty be more welcoming than was the administration, and may Mr. Frost thrive in the Least Restrictive Environment.

    Now how about compensatory education for losing the first few months of the year?

  5. hdemic says:

    This is what it takes to get a school to do thier basics. Not anything over the top just basic rights. And getting it done in florida where the good ole boys are is a big congrad for this young man. Hope everything goes well and if your are reading this you have alot of support your way.
    Sincerely,
    mom of disabled young adult in Michigan

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