Rupp Helps Form Special Education Support Group

September 23, 2011

The Reporter Online recently featured Michelle Rupp, who is taking online courses through Arcadia's Special Education program. Rupp helped to form a supportive parents network in the North Penn School district, where her daughter Emily is enrolled in special education, hoping to work with the district to improve its special education services, reports Linda Stein.

Emily was born with agenesis of the corpus collosum, a rare condition where the band of white tissue that connects the two hemispheres of the brain fails to develop normally.

Emily has experienced speech and language delays and “walking was a challenge,” her mother said.

But, Emily, who is bright, has made great strides, Rupp said.

And Rupp, a veterinarian, has been taking classes in special education online at Arcadia University to better help and advocate for her daughter.

“Every family of a child with a disability has issues with the school district, no matter where they are,” said Rupp.  “It’s finances, training. My feeling is society as a whole, we’re not very tolerant. We don’t understand people who are different.

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