Tourette Syndrome group honors PA Cyber Charter School
VENANGO COUNTY, Pa., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance Inc. has presented its 2014 Accommodating School Award to the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.
PA Cyber is the first charter school in Pennsylvania – cyber or brick-and-mortar charter school – to receive the award, an Alliance spokesperson said.
PA Cyber was nominated by parent Wendi Riddle on behalf of her son Kevin, 15.
Wendi said in her written nomination that in PA Cyber, “Kevin is accommodated, not punished, for his Tourette’s, for his obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD. PA Cyber has promoted Kevin’s learning, and understands his basic teenage boy development along with his disabilities.”
Involuntary muscle movements and vocalizations, called tics, are classic manifestations of Tourette’s. Kevin said teachers at the local classroom school he previously attended believed he was intentionally being disruptive.
“They didn’t understand,” Kevin said. “They would sit me in a corner and tell me to just do something.”
The PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance’s Sherrie Sponsellor said she advocated for Kevin several times at his previous school and repeatedly offered free training for the educational staff there.
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