Amish schools find ways to serve special needs kids

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Macedonia School is a one-room schoolhouse for Amish students in Clark, Mo. Students attend this school until eighth grade. Religion News Service photo by Heather Adams

Macedonia School is a one-room schoolhouse for Amish students in Clark, Mo. Students attend this school until eighth grade. Religion News Service photo by Heather Adams

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CLARK, Mo. (RNS) As the number of Amish have grown, so too have the number of Amish children diagnosed with genetic-based disorders.

  • The Great God Pan

    Maple Syrup Urine Disease? It’s nice of doctors to help maintain the Amish brand by giving quaint ‘n’ folksy names to bizarre genetic disorders stemming from centuries of inbreeding.

    But while the headline says Amish schools are finding ways to serve kids with special needs, according to the article it is actually public school districts that are finding ways. Maybe it’s time to scratch “self-reliant” off the list of flattering cliches about the Amish.

  • Emma

    Interesting article. Might have been nice if you had bothered to spellcheck it, though.