Special needs student still waits for Worcester schools to follow through

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Nearly a year later and following several attempts at intervention, a Worcester student with special needs is still waiting for in-home services offered to him and his mother back in January through his state-mandated Individualized Education Program.

The Sun first chronicled the troubles of 15-year-old Eugene “Gino” Berthiaume, who attends the Marie Philip Elementary School at The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham, on Nov. 22. He was diagnosed at birth with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) and suffers from bilateral hearing loss, developmental delays, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Gino sometimes has aggressive tendencies and lacks self-care skills.

Gino Berthiaume needs help from the Worcester Public School system that his mother says is not being provided.

Courtesy Kelly Rawson

Gino Berthiaume needs help from the Worcester Public School system that his mother says is not being provided.

The Worcester Public Schools’ special education department added services from an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist for 1.5 hours a day, five days a week to Gino’s IEP reevaluation on Jan. 30. Services from the ABA therapist were scheduled for one full year.


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