Jimmy was a13 year old special needs kid who had not yet learned to run on the soles of his feet. He was sometimes mocked for running on his toes in a manner that captured the attention of many given his well above the norm height of 6′ 3”.
Jimmy’s mother frequently scolded insensitive teens who made fun of his unnatural gait in malls, sports venues and other public places. Jimmy and his sister were both autistic and received FAPE and other services at the public school they attended. Their school favored inclusive practices meaning special Ed kids were not isolated in separate classrooms or separated from their peers in general education classes.
Jimmy’s mom speculated that the children who made fun of him did not go to schools where inclusion was honored making them unfamiliar with the awkward physical characteristics and mannerisms of ASD children. You see, one of the most significant benefits of inclusive educational practices is preventing the mocking and chastising of the disabled and challenged by them having them around the “normal kids” daily in class.