Child Not Special Enough?

September 8, 2010

This does not make sense to me. This child who has been playing ball is told that she cannot participate in the Special Olympic because… well, no one knows why.

“We asked them why and they just say: Because,” explained the 17-year-old senior’s father, Dick Young with her oxygen tank-carrying service dog, Simba, aren’t new to the sport.They’ve been playing it in gym class at Community High School in West Chicago for two years.That all changed when the board of education last year partnered with Special Olympics Illinois.”I really like playing basketball because I can be with my friends,” Youngwith said.To get resolution, or even an answer, the family has filed a federal lawsuit through an attorney with Chicago disability rights group Equip for Equality.”We’re essentially asking that Jenny be allowed to participate using Simba, her service animal, and her oxygen tank and be able to fully participate in basketball games and track and field events,” said attorney Alan Goldstein.

via Illinois couple sue Special Olympics after being told their daughter can no longer compete

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