The parents of a 5-year-old autistic boy who is learning to read have been awarded a $17,000 contract with a major U.S. preschool.
In a statement to the Washington Post, the preschool said the family was looking to help the boy, who is blind, learn to read, using his autism as a case study.
“We are grateful to the parents for helping their child with his special needs,” the preschool wrote.
“In this contract, we are offering a competitive offer to a well-qualified teacher.
As part of our commitment to the well-being of our children, we have an ongoing commitment to provide the best education possible.”
The contract is with a company called The Learning Company.
It is the first of its kind in the United States.
The parents have raised concerns about the quality of the preschool’s services and how much money they are getting, and they have demanded that the preschools pay a premium for autism services.
In May, a federal judge struck down the state’s law mandating autism services, and the federal government appealed that decision.
The case is currently before the U.N. Human Rights Council.