To the Journal editor:
Regarding Jackie Stark's well written article on Section 504, she cites the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This act does apply to those with disabilities. Families with children who qualify under the clear definition of disability are in need of counseling by an advocate to assure that all those with disabilities are able to participate in activities of daily life. In school children, their participation is vital not only for their own educational benefit, but also for their personal well-being.
The position which Marquette Area Public Schools is considering is one for a Rehabilitation Counselor, one who has the educational background to fill this need. It is imperative that the job description include that qualification in order to best serve both the clients and the community. They are trained to advocate for those with disabilities. They are trained to see that all public places, including schools, are accessible for those with disabilities. They are trained to counsel families who are having a difficult time dealing, on a daily basis, with either a long-term disability or a temporary disability.
I would like MAPS to consider this very seriously and select a professional rehabilitation counselor for this position.
Rosemary Kromidas Hendrix