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Parents want more power in special education

Parents want more power in special education

Evan O’Brien likes to play with his Rubik’s Cube and shoot basketballs in his front yard in Pasadena. The repetition helps him relax.

Evan, a fifth-grader at Bodkin Elementary School, suffers from autism, a brain disorder that makes it difficult for him to do school work and process his emotions.

He has a hard time following instructions, participating in class and understanding his reading assignments.

Evan’s parents, Daune and Aaron, want more decision-making power in his education plan.

In her free time, she likes to play video games and watch football with her dad.

Davis worries about Lilli getting hurt, falling behind in class and not making enough friends.

But the middle-schooler says she likes to be “reckless.” She wants to play sports, stay up late at night and grow up to be a video game designer or cybersecurity programmer.