Education secretary visits Denver's Firefly Autism

Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 12:12:45-04

DENVER -- U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stopped in Denver and Colorado Springs Wednesday as part of her tour to “rethink” education.

In Denver, DeVos visited the Firefly Autism House in Denver Wednesday morning for a tour of the school and a roundtable talk with its administrators and teachers.

“She was so curious as to why our students are successful and why are they able to transition back in to a social setting with little to know additional support,” Firefly Autism executive director Jesse Ogas told Anne Trujillo on this weekend’s Politics Unplugged.

Ogas showed the secretary and her team the wide array of treatment and education programs offered for students with autism, some of which work to someday have the students placed in a public school environment.

Ogas also thinks recent court rulings played a part in the visit.

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Andrew case that most people are aware of, that mandated that pro-minimus education is not enough for our students which was a huge win.  It was a huge statement by our US supreme court,” Ogas  added.

Devos also toured the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs before going to Omaha, Nebraska for a visit to a university.

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