Indiana: Families defend rights for special needs students

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    Families defend rights for special needs students

    “Like an empty barrel floating in the middle of the ocean, I felt alone…I just wanted to die.” That’s what Caiden Wetherald, 17, said to the House Education Committee Wednesday, where lawmakers and community stakeholders gathered to review a bill that would change how schools and families serve students with special needs. Caiden, accompanied by his mother, Brandi Wetherald, 46, told the chamber about a traumatic experience he had last school year while a student in Carmel Clay Schools. The 17-year-old was born with a chromosomal disorder and autism, two disabilities that affect his behavior and interpersonal interactions every day. ...

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