'I shouldn't have to advocate this hard': Whitehorse mom frustrated by lack of inclusive education resources

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A Whitehorse mother is tired of what she says is a constant uphill battle with the Yukon education department to get her children the resources they need to succeed in school. 

Stacey McDiarmid has four children with autism, all of whom attend Hidden Valley Elementary School and require different supports including educational assistants and learning assistant teachers. 

While the school has been supportive, McDiarmid said she’s had dozens of meetings with territorial education officials to push for funding and resources — in particular, for her son with higher needs.

Over the past three years, McDiarmid said her son has missed more than 200 days of class because he can’t meaningfully participate

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