BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Parents at Buffalo Public Schools are sticking to a basketball program that allows students with disabilities to compete on the court.
On Tuesday evening, they gathered outside the courts in Masten Park to support the program.
Parents say the district is leaving him out as he brings back varsity sports this month.
Parents and teachers say the district’s action is not fair to children.
“My challenge is for the district to talk about equality, and there is no equality when you let a general education student play basketball, and you don’t let a specialized child play,” he said. said Edward Speidel, parent of a student with special needs. “It’s embarrassing and we can’t stand it.”
“These kids just want to compete, they want to compete like the students who are typical students,” said Jim Bartram, coach and teacher at Frederick Law Olmsted School. “So that’s all we’re asking for is to come together, make this thing work, so all the kids can play.”
Buffalo Public Schools released a statement tonight.
He says there are students with disabilities on all or almost all of the district’s sports teams. The statement also said the district is not excluding students with disabilities from playing with regular sports teams.
The district says it is legally problematic to separate students with disabilities from regular teams.