Disabled San Antonio student lobbies for PE substitute
mySanAntonio.com | April 12, 2011 | By Francisco Vara-Orta
A bill championed by a San Antonio high school student and a state representative to get a substitute physical education class for disabled students advanced in the House on Tuesday.
“It is completely unhelpful for children in my situation to sit there and have to experience this,” Jonathon Stach, a wheelchair-using junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Burbank High School, told the House Education Committee.
After testimony from a handful of people supporting the bill, the committee unanimously voted to send it to the House. The bill, proposed by state Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, could go into effect next school year.
Stach exemplifies the need for House Bill 692.
When he was 18 months old, Stach was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a motor neuron disease that affects voluntary muscles used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, swallowing and respiratory functions.
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