Oscar’s parents, a 4-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder and with a disability of 33 percent, they have been waiting eight months for their little one to receive the support of a technical assistant (AT) to help you in your day to day.
The youngest is in second grade at the Ribera del Alberche public school in the Calalberche urbanization in Santa Cruz de Retamar (Toledo). «Óscar does not speak, he only says single words and does not control his sphincters, so he needs clothal», Explains Lorena, his mother. She is self-employed by profession, provides a home dry cleaning service and has to travel hundreds of kilometers to change her son every time she is called from the center.
Óscar stays in the center from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon. This course receives three weekly sessions of 45 minutes of Therapeutic Pedagogy (PT) and one of Hearing and Language. It is “insufficient” support, in the mother’s opinion, for a child with this disability. Unfortunately, his case is not the only one that exists in the province of Toledo, where there are other schools that have claimed the presence of technical assistants for autistic students.
“He has lost two and a half kilos”
Mealtime has also become a nightmare for Oscar. His mother denounces that in these two months that the child has been in the school dining room, he has lost two and a half kilos of weight, because he does not have that assistant either. “The catering company told us that it had an inclusion program and promised us that they would send a monitor to be in Oscar’s care, but it was all a lie,” Lorena laments.
The lack of monitors (two to care for 37 children plus the occasional ones) and his “ignorance” of the autism spectrum disorder have other consequences for little Oscar: when he behaves badly, they punish him. “But he doesn’t understand things” and has begun to have night terrors. “He cries for two hours for help, saying ‘it’s me, it’s me!'”
The third time lucky?
Lorena denounces that they have been requesting that a professional assess the minor since last year. “On November 4, after several daily calls and a lot of messages, an advisor from the Toledo educational inclusion service finally came.” But, to the surprise of Óscar’s parents, that representative of the Board “saw everything positive” and concluded that the boy did not need that help.
But his mother assures that she will not cease in her efforts to ask for what “by law” corresponds to her son. “I only ask the Department of Education, Culture and Sports for a technical assistant (TA) so that my son is covered in his needs and can do the same as other children do at school.” “But I’m not just asking for it,” he says; The zone inspector, the director, the counselor and the school teachers also ask for it.
Lorena began on October 25 a
signature collection campaign in Change.org, which has already won the support of more than 53,000 people. For Oscar’s sake.