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ERIC Number: EJ775916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Final Notes
Hardwig, Jay
Teacher Magazine, v15 n2 p38, 40-41 Oct 2003
Many teachers celebrate the last day of school, but the author has always found it a bittersweet time. Teaching in a self-contained classroom with not more than five students, ranging in age from 15 to 20, at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and had them most of the day, is emotionally consuming, for good or ill. While he had great luck in his years at TSBVI, he found it hard to say goodbye to a difficult but endearing student, Al Lacy. The 17-year-old regularly yelled at people, insulted them, accused them of ungodly things. In spite of his quick temper, Al was, is, and shall always be one helluva guy. He is caring, witty, genuine, and kind. Yet, nature had dealt Al a triple whammy: blind, autistic, and saddled with Tourette's Syndrome. Here, the author recounts his experience with Al and describes why it was so hard to say goodbye.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas