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Autistic Tampa Student Will Attend His Neighborhood Middle School

After waiting 57 days since the school year began, Henry Frost will be able to cross the street and walk less than the length of two football fields to attend his neighborhood middle school. Frost has been taking courses at home while engaged in a dispute with Hillsborough County schools over where he should attend. […]

Henry Frost: “Please Talk To Me Like Everyone Else.”

Henry Frost, the autistic Tampa student who wants to enroll in his neighborhood school, did a Q&A with a Huffington Post blogger. Here’s our favorite part, especially number 10: AZ: What are the top 10 things you wish people understood about you? Henry: #1 Please talk to me like everyone else. #2 Please don’t talk […]

Feedback Loop: Autistic Student, Or Student With Autism?

Our story about Henry Frost’s efforts to enroll in his neighborhood school also sparked a discussion about language. Dean McIntosh criticized our describing Frost as a “student with autism.” The debate is over what’s known as “people first” language — that is emphasizing the person over the diagnosis. But McIntosh says you can’t separate autism […]

Social Media Helps Student With Autism Find His Voice

Henry Frost, 13, is fighting for a seat in his neighborhood school, instead of the specialized school administrators have found appropriate for him. His photo – and his cause – has gone viral since the photo was posted at the end of August.

MDC School Board Member: Charter School Turned Away My Daughter Because Of Autism

Our recent story on the difficulties students with severe disabilities have found trying to enroll in charter schools has drawn plenty of reaction from parents in similar situations. Just 14 percent of Florida charter schools enroll students with profound disabilities. More than half of district schools enroll similar students. We heard from parents, such as […]

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