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Losing TimHow Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia$
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Paul Gionfriddo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168281

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168281.001.0001

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Americorps and the Chain of Neglect

Americorps and the Chain of Neglect

(p.159) Eleven Americorps and the Chain of Neglect
Losing Tim

Paul Gionfriddo

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Tim's experiences at High School 6, his local public high school, and subsequent admission to both the charter school and the AmeriCorps program. The charter school's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting—called for an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meeting—recommended individualized instruction, special equipment, and instructional strategies geared towards Tim's learning style. It also asked for progress monitoring. But Tim eventually stopped going to school as he developed increased paranoia, and was finally diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia. Tim's father laments how incarcerating people with mental illness is not the same as treating them, how the chain of neglect continues, and how that chain leads to death due to several other undertreated chronic diseases.

Keywords:   High School 6, AmeriCorps, Individualized Education Program, individualized instruction, paranoia, childhood onset schizophrenia

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