Student With Autism Takes Pride in School Uniform

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Updated: 3/21/2012 2:39 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- As the Washoe County School District fights a parent-filed lawsuit over school uniforms, students and teachers weigh in on how the new mandate is working for them. 

At the beginning of the school year, we brought you the controversial mixed-reactions about school uniforms from parents whose children attend Roy Gomm Elementary School. Six month later, we are following up with parents there. 

In a survey recently conducted by staff at Roy Gomm, most parents seemed to be pleased with the school uniform policy. Here are the results: 

80% of parents like the current uniform policy
11% of parents are neutral
9% of parents dislike the current uniform policy

For 8-year-old Roy Gomm student, Ethan Earl, his school uniform is something he takes pride in. Ethan has autism and just three years ago, he could not do the most simple tasks. With the help of intensive therapy and the CLS program at Roy Gomm, he now can do most things a typical developing student can do, including putting on his school uniform.

Dina Kupfer reports.
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queen - 3/24/2012 9:29 PM
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I can't believe this is the same little boy. I haven't seen Ethan and his family for over 4 years, but this is amazing and brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy Ethan is thriving. Sadly, I cannot say the same for my autistic daughter who is Ethan's age. Ethan is "alive" thanks to intensive ABA therapy and a wonderful placement. My daughter is still severely locked in her own autistic world from which she will never emerge. I can see why Debbie Earl would take the approach she did on uniforms especially from a cost effective perspective. I know Ethan's mother would appreciate the cost because intensive ABA therapy is $24,000-$36,000 a year depending on the service provider. She is one whose family has sacrificed a lot of things so that Ethan can have the best therapy possible and I know they will continue to do so.

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