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tw ableism: A school bans a kid with cerebral palsy from using her walker, a mom takes action


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A mom of a kid with cerebral palsy is gearing up to file a lawsuit against her school district, because a special education director is saying her little girl can’t use her walker. Pick your jaw up off the floor and read on.


LaKay Roberts, who’s 5, uses her walker to, er, walk. You know, as kids with CP often do. She’s been using it for three years, and attends Kings Manor Elementary School in Kingwood, near Houston. Occasionally, she also uses a wheelchair.

Her mom, Kristi Roberts, says that weeks ago the school district, New Caney ISD, told her that LaKay could no longer use her walker at school. Kristi taped a meeting with the district special education director, Gary Lemley; she uploaded part of it to YouTube. An excerpt:



Kristi: “Why can’t she use a walker?”
Lemley: “We don’t feel like it’s safe any longer.” [LaKay had fallen in the parking lot when her walker collapsed, while she was with her mom.]
Kristi: ”How many kids fall down at recess? Do you make them take their shoes off and buy new ones?”
Lemley: “No, ma’am.”
Kristi: “OK!”
Lemley: “They’re not using walkers.”

Read More at the Source, LoveThatMax

Edited to add local news coverage and contact info for the school board members (thanks eliand504 for the new links!)

Tags: ableism cerebral palsy cp disability mobility physical disability signal boost
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