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Special education programs in Catholic schools

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 07 2015 May 7, 2015 May 07, 2015 8:42 AM May 07, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rebecca Buchanan

BATON ROUGE- Catholic schools in the capital area are known for their quality education. Now, seven of those Catholic schools are implementing brand new programs for students with special needs.

The Catholic diocese performed a three year study on special education needs in our area, and beginning next semester, they'll offer a variety of programs to meet those needs. These programs are opening up the option of a faith based education for students who were previously unable to it receive it.

The diocese is offering services for students with a wide-range of disabilities, from Autism to Dyslexia. The programs will act as a school within a school, allowing students with different needs to learn alongside their peers and family members.

"I think it's good for everyone," said Our Lady of Mercy's principal, Brian Moscona. "Whenever you have students with exceptionalities and special needs, it really requires that you think outside yourself and put that person first."

The diocese will now have one uniform "special education program" that will branch out to schools in Baton Rouge that wish to implement these types of classes. The diocese says one of the biggest joys of these programs is seeing families stay together.

The diocese says they do have openings left, but the spaces are limited. For more information about the programs being offered contact Veronica Winchester at vwinchester@csobr.org.


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