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Appalling, to say the least! The teacher is full of shit she couldn't tell how far from the rest of the children he was! He should have been in the middle with the class around him, in my humble opinion! Look at the smile on his face!

2nd-Grade Class Photo Separates Boy in Wheelchair From His Peers

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Canadian mom, Anne Belanger, was heartbroken when she got the second-grade class photo for her son, Miles Ambridge.

Miles, who has spinal muscular dystrophy, is seated in his wheelchair, noticeably separated from his peers, who are posed in three rows. Smiling, Miles leans way over in his chair. "Look at the angle that he was in," Belanger said. "He wants to be part of the gang so much." As for the 7-year-old's earnest smile, Miles' dad said, "It makes me feel even worse that he's so happy in the picture. … He's still naive to how other people can treat him." The photo company, Lifetouch, has retaken the photo with Miles seated on the bench.

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Parents Angered by Child's Alienation: Seven-Year-old Miles Ambridge, Wheelchair-Bound, Seated Apart From Others in Class Photo

By Thandi Fletcher,
The Province June 14, 2013

When Anne Belanger got her son's Grade 2 class photo last month, she stuffed the image back into its envelope in disgust.

In the photo, the students and teacher line up in three rows. But one student is missing from the group.

There, in the right edge, her son, Miles Ambridge, sits in his wheelchair, separated from the rest of his classmates by an empty space on a bench. Despite the obvious gap, the seven-year-old beams for the camera, craning as far to the side as his tiny body will allow to be closer to his friends.

While she can hardly stand to look at the photo, Belanger is overcome with anger and sadness when she does.

"Look at the angle that he was in," said the New Westminster mom, her voice a whisper as she fought back tears. "He's ostracized. He wants to be part of the gang so much."

Miles has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord, causing muscles throughout the body, especially in the arms and legs, to weaken. The disease doesn't affect cognitive abilities.

Miles was diagnosed at just 13 months, when doctors told his parents their boy would never walk.

Living in a wheelchair, Miles has already faced more challenges than any child should have to deal with, said his dad, Don Ambridge. That's why it was all the more frustrating to see Miles excluded from the group, he said.

Ambridge, who was the first to see the photo, said the image made him feel humiliated for his son.

"For some reason, it makes me feel even worse that he's so happy in the picture," he said. "I think it's because he's still innocent ... He's still naive to how other people can treat him."

Miles's parents have decided to keep the photo from their son, who hasn't seen the picture. Belanger said Miles is "profoundly aware that he's different than his peers." If he saw it, she thinks he would be deeply hurt.

But his parents still wanted to bring attention to the photo in a bid to shed light on discrimination, which they said is still a daily reality for people with disabilities.

Belanger posted the picture to the photography company's Facebook page. Life-touch Canada removed the photo with a message that it was taken down due to privacy laws, but that they had sent it to their head office.

Not satisfied with their response, Belanger posted the photo again with the other kids' faces blacked out. Meanwhile, Miles's dad sent the photo back to his son's school, Herbert Spencer Elementary, requesting it be thrown out. When school principal Tracy Fulton, received the returned photo, she said she immediately contacted Lifetouch.

Still, Fulton said the firm didn't immediately see anything wrong with the photo. It took some coaxing until Lifetouch agreed the separation of Miles from his class was a mistake and offered to retake the photo, she said.

"You want to think that they just made a mistake and they weren't willing to correct it," said Fulton. "But in the meantime, the parents were really hurt by it."

Miles's mom said she blames both the photographer and the school for the gaffe. However, Fulton defended the school's actions and said the photographer was solely to blame.

Fulton said none of the school staff had seen the photo before Miles's dad sent it back.

At the photo shoot, she said his teacher, from her position, also couldn't see the distinct gap between him and the rest of the class.

The photo was retaken earlier this week by another Lifetouch photographer. In the new photo, which his parents haven't seen yet, Miles was taken out of his wheelchair and supported by a caregiver on a bench beside his classmates.

On Thursday, Lifetouch admitted their photographer made a mistake. Dean Cochrane, manager for the Lifetouch office in Burnaby, said the company teaches its photographers to build the composition of photos differently when they work with people in wheelchairs.

"On this composition, it wasn't done right," he said. "This will be a learning experience for this photographer."

Regardless, Belanger said the photo is discrimination and a reflection of a society that still attaches stigma to disability.

"Kids can be cruel but this comes from adults, which is even worse," she said. "Adults should know better."


Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/Parents+a...#ixzz2WXPj1npT

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I don't agree with it either, but I was expecting him to be a lot further away.

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In an elementary school in Italy happened something even worse, MUCH worse. It was in 2010 if memory serves, basically there was a child affected by down syndrome: the teacher asked to the photographer to take two photos: in one the child was there, in the other ones, not: 16 copies of the photo without him were made and given to his classmates, one copy of the photo with him was made and given to him: obviously the teacher was in both. Some parents called the school asking why the child was missing, and were told that "they couldn't take the photo with him because he was continuously shaking" while the photo was being taken. But ONE child in particular (his best friend) didn't accept the explanation, didn't believe the teacher and got angry, ripped the photo and called all his classmates: they gathered all together at the child's home and took another photo in which he was in the middle with at least four of five of his little classmates hugging him from left, right, behind, etcetera. Nobody told to them to do that, they did it spontaneously because they really loved him.
And no, the teacher was NOT in the pic: she wasn't even told about the existence of the new photo. All the others ripped their copy of the previous photo and replaced it with the last one.
Some days later, his best friend made an A3 format print (with part of the money that he was sparing to buy a BMX) of the pic and hanged it on the wall of the classroom, whithout even asking the permission to his parents, not to the teacher: when the teacher saw the photo, she asked why she wasn't told about it, why she wasn't in the pic.
His best friend uprised and said: "because he is one of us, you are not".
A 9 years old boy or, better, little man, little soldier, little whathever you want but MUCH bigger than me and than you that are reading this right now.

Final result:
Children 17
Teacher 0

+ slap in the face as a bonus. Figurative, but NOT less painful than ten kicks in the face given by some 4th Degree Black Belt Karateca to say the least. The teacher was not fired, but resigned after some weeks for some reasons not hard to imagine.
The photos weren't relased because of privacy laws.
Children can teach themselves, each other and adults MUCH more than adults can do with them. They don't know the meaning of words like "racism" "discrimination" "lower" "inferior" because they use their mind. A well planned propaganda will work with everybody, but NOT with them.
This world would be a better place if children would rule.

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because he is one of us, you are not".
A 9 years old boy or, better, little man, little soldier, little whathever you want but MUCH bigger than me and than you that are reading this right now.
In the US/UK/Europe he would have been put on drugs for such insubordination as a male towards a female.

"too much male aggression"

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If i was a teacher id be okay with me and my proffesionialism ... ffs

Take her certificate away. She obviously doesnt want to help children.. who needs her?

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Should have been the photographer's call. At least he made it in the photo, and such a great smile too!

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Makes me sad! Im sure though during the typical school day he spends his time in his wheelchair - special desk, they dont move him from wheelchair to desk (or wouldnt here). Was the photog or someone supposed to risk liability taking the child out of the chair and propping him up with the others?? Probably should have called mom first to be there or make a decision??

Looks like they may have been able to spread the kids out to the edges, where then him in his wheelchair wouldnt be so far... or arrange him to be opposite of the teacher?

Just realized this isnt the states, otherwise there would be a flag

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In an elementary school in Italy happened something even worse, MUCH worse. It was in 2010 if memory serves, basically there was a child affected by down syndrome: the teacher asked to the photographer to take two photos: in one the child was there, in the other ones, not: 16 copies of the photo without him were made and given to his classmates, one copy of the photo with him was made and given to him: obviously the teacher was in both. Some parents called the school asking why the child was missing, and were told that "they couldn't take the photo with him because he was continuously shaking" while the photo was being taken. But ONE child in particular (his best friend) didn't accept the explanation, didn't believe the teacher and got angry, ripped the photo and called all his classmates: they gathered all together at the child's home and took another photo in which he was in the middle with at least four of five of his little classmates hugging him from left, right, behind, etcetera. Nobody told to them to do that, they did it spontaneously because they really loved him.
And no, the teacher was NOT in the pic: she wasn't even told about the existence of the new photo. All the others ripped their copy of the previous photo and replaced it with the last one.
Some days later, his best friend made an A3 format print (with part of the money that he was sparing to buy a BMX) of the pic and hanged it on the wall of the classroom, whithout even asking the permission to his parents, not to the teacher: when the teacher saw the photo, she asked why she wasn't told about it, why she wasn't in the pic.
His best friend uprised and said: "because he is one of us, you are not".
A 9 years old boy or, better, little man, little soldier, little whathever you want but MUCH bigger than me and than you that are reading this right now.

Final result:
Children 17
Teacher 0

+ slap in the face as a bonus. Figurative, but NOT less painful than ten kicks in the face given by some 4th Degree Black Belt Karateca to say the least. The teacher was not fired, but resigned after some weeks for some reasons not hard to imagine.
The photos weren't relased because of privacy laws.
Children can teach themselves, each other and adults MUCH more than adults can do with them. They don't know the meaning of words like "racism" "discrimination" "lower" "inferior" because they use their mind. A well planned propaganda will work with everybody, but NOT with them.
This world would be a better place if children would rule.

Good for the children! Their parents taught them well

Kids accept people as they are. Prejudice is taught, sadly

Children embrace the differences in others. Each difference is a new learning experience for them.

Agreed, gata! We would be much better off if children were in charge

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Makes me sad! Im sure though during the typical school day he spends his time in his wheelchair - special desk, they dont move him from wheelchair to desk (or wouldnt here). Was the photog or someone supposed to risk liability taking the child out of the chair and propping him up with the others?? Probably should have called mom first to be there or make a decision??

Looks like they may have been able to spread the kids out to the edges, where then him in his wheelchair wouldnt be so far... or arrange him to be opposite of the teacher?

Just realized this isnt the states, otherwise there would be a flag

I was wondering why they didn't take him out of the chair long enough to take the photo, or at least arrange the others around him. not like he has a contagious disease or something. just a poor sweetie who has a crippling disability.

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