Letter to the Editor - May 2005

Dear Friends,

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force (of which NACDD is a Member) and individual national disability organizations are responding to this extremely disturbing online article in which the author, Bob Lonsberry, urges the government to eliminate the Special Education program in the public school system and to remove “handicapped children” from the classroom.

I encourage all of you to respond to Lonsberry directly. This kind of ignorance, discrimination, and hate-mongering must not be allowed to continue. You may also wish to use our Legislative Action Center on the NACDD website at www.nacdd.org to alert the media about this alarming message. The article follows this letter.

To leave a comment with the author, please visit the link listed below. You will note that there is a survey on this website regarding the article where readers are asked whether they agree or disagree with the Lonsberry’s claims. Sadly, as of this moment, 76.22% of readers claim they AGREE with the author’s stance. It is enough to make one’s stomach sick! To read the article and comment, go to the following link: http://www.lonsberry.com/writings.cfm?story=1618&go=4

Anne P. Rohall, Esq.
Dir., Government Relations
National Assoc. of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 650-B, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-4400, ext. 4
(703) 739-6030 (fax)
arohall@ nacdd.org