East Harlem

Photo by Gary Schoichet, 2004


Teacher and paraprofessional together help a student with physical movement on the beanbag chair instead of in her wheelchair. Teacher Ed Simon: “It’s a fatal assumption to think, when you look at these kids, that they are not going to benefit from something... They don't always come to us with a clear diagnosis. But unless it’s something necessary to know for medical reasons, I don't think it’s all that important... The important thing is that we are always learning new ways to reach her... I have a hard and fast rule: I form my own opinion about people. And that’s how I look at the kids.”

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