I followed this story on Facebook. I was aghast at the harsh treatment this child and his mother received. The test has gotten out of control.


Pinellas County parent, Elizabeth Shea shared her son’s experience with FSA testing today. He is nine years old and has a diagnosis of autism. He has a service dog to help him to fugnction more effectively in his daily life.  He attends Florida Virtual Academy and is required to test at the neighborhood school.  He has an IEP (Individual Education Plan), which is:

“a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.”

Her story is shared here with permission:

“My son reported to his local school, as required, to take the FSA this morning. He is autistic and has an IEP and a service dog. I am a certified dog handler because he is too young to handle the dog alone. We had arranged months ago through IEP meetings, supplying all…

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