North Carolina mom Brittany Mosher said kindergarten is a “new light of hope” for her 5-year-old son, Thomas “Bubby” Mosher.
Thomas was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type one, a condition that has made him wheelchair-bound, she told ABC11:
“He was diagnosed at four months old and we weren’t given a lot of hope, so they said it would be a miracle if he made it to a year.”
The family was told he wouldn’t live past age two, but he has survived thanks to medication. Now, the mom hopes to give him an education.
The 5-year-old was assigned to Upchurch Elementary in Hoke County in the fall, but Brittany had concerns over its accessibility.
She told ABC11 that the school is old and therefore has narrow doors and uneven flooring that would make it difficult for her son to get around in his electric wheelchair.
The mom explained:
“So if there’s a pathway that’s uneven, if he hits a bump wrong I don’t know what could really happen. You know, like he could hit a bump and his chair could tip and I’m not really sure and I don’t want to take that risk.”
She also said that her son was unable to get up to the playground where other children were playing during recess when they went to look at the school.
She told the outlet:
“When we did the shadowing for the half-day we went up to the playground and of course he started crying because he sees all the kids doing things and he can’t do anything because there’s nothing for him to do. He can’t even get up onto the playground where it’s at.”
Brittany wrote a request to Hoke County asking for Thomas to be assigned to a more accessible school. However, she claims her request was denied with no explanation. She said:
“I don’t feel like our request was even read, much less considered.”
The school Thomas was assigned to is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, along with all the other schools in the county, Hoke County said.
Although, they are now willing to speak with the mom and see if reassignment may be necessary. Brittany said she has a meeting scheduled with county school officials next week.
A spokesperson for Hoke County told the mom in a statement:
While all of our schools are ADA compliant, there are sometimes special circumstances for which the IEP Team will consider whether the assigned school building and campus best meet the needs of the student. If it is determined that the student would benefit from being reassigned to a different school, that recommendation is made to the Superintendent by the IEP Team, which includes the parents. It is the goal of Hoke County Schools to assist parents in this process of developing a plan to not only meet the needs of students but to help them excel in the classroom and beyond.
But as of now, it’s unclear if the mom will get her son reassigned.