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New Tools Help Parents Open Doors for Children with Special Needs

• ExcelinEd

This #ParentalInvolvement Month, we’re recognizing the important role parents play along their children’s educational paths. Student success gets a boost when parents and schools work together. The path to educational success can be more challenging for students with special needs – parents share in those challenges. But scholarships in Florida and Arizona are helping to open doors to a tailor-made education and empower parents to help their children with unique abilities thrive in school and in life.

Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSAs) in Florida and Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), both based on policies promoted by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd), allow parents of students with certain disabilities to create customized education plans by choosing the school, services and therapies that best fit the needs of their children.

Learn more about two amazing kids, Nate and Salima, and how these scholarships will open doors to a tailor-made education that best fits their learning needs:

From Lisa Hazelton, mother to nine children, including six-year-old Nate, a child with Down syndrome, in Lakeland, Fla. 
Read her full op-ed in today’s Lakeland Ledger!

Nate“My dreams for Nate are the same I have for each of my children. I want Nate to be the best version of himself he can be.

“Like any parent, I want my son to have every opportunity to succeed in life. He faces more challenges than others when it comes to his educational path, and I want to do everything in my power to make sure he has a quality education, so he can fulfill the purpose for which he was created.

“Thanks to a new scholarship-a Personal Learning Scholarship Account, or PLSA-for Florida kids with special needs, Nate will have a more customized learning experience and we’ll be able to do more of the things that are working for him

“In the past, we have had to alternate our schedule of therapies, since only our physical therapy was covered by insurance. With the PLSA, we will be able to establish a much more consistent schedule involving physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.”


Check out this video highlighting nine-year-old Salima in Arizona:


Click to hear from Salima’s family and her teacher!


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