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Leslie Williams gives a lesson in the Nelsons' basement on an evening in May. Leza Nelson has autism and is beginning to learn to write her name.

Parents brace for impact of school closures on students with special needs

by Bryan Lowry
May 21, 2013

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Lafayette Elementary is home to a cluster program for students with autism and other disorders. Special needs students make up more than a quarter of the school's population.

If Chicago Public Schools go ahead with plans to close 54 schools, it will mean moves for more than 2,400 students with special needs. Parents and teachers worry that school changes will disrupt the progress of students with autism at Lafayette Elementary.


This story previously aired on WBEZ's The Afternoon Shift on Tuesday May 21.