The exclusion of a student from a Jewish day school because he has special needs can cause not only the student but also his entire family to feel marginalized by the Jewish community. In response to this rejection, some students and their parents discontinue the observance of Jewish laws, attending Sabbath services, participating in camps or youth groups, or socializing with Jewish peers. Some parents of children who have special needs do not even apply for admission because they are certain that their children will face rejection. This is particularly true with respect to parents of children who are on the autism spectrum, have ADHD, or who have psychiatric disabilities.
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