Allow Autistic Student to Graduate!
Just a week before graduation, Sinclaire Coffer, an autistic student, found out he is not going to be allowed to graduate.
Coffer has good grades — mostly A’s and B’s — but he hasn’t been able to pass the math exam that is required for all Georgia students in order to graduate high school. The state allows students with disabilities to apply for a waiver that allows a student to graduate regardless of exams, but Coffer was denied. The family has not been told why, but most special needs students have been denied waivers.
Coffer wants to learn how to make movies and go to film school, but he cannot follow his dreams if he isn’t even allowed to receive his hard-earned diploma.
Please tell the Georgia State Board of Education to allow Coffer to graduate and to change the policy so that special needs students have better access to these waivers. This is an injustice and it needs to be changed!
I’m taking this picture as confirmation that he is Black.
And, oh, look, no mention of race here either.
Disability accommodations are granted to white people and denied to PoC, especially Black people. Standing against ableism means acknowledging how it interacts with racism.