Las Vegas Mom Slams School for Leaving Special Needs Son Out of Yearbook, ‘Not Even One Picture’

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A Nevada mother is speaking out against her son’s school after she claims he along with several of his classmates were excluded from the yearbook due to their developmental disability, USA TODAY reported. 

Mariela Azarpira said she did not come across any photos of her son in the most recent yearbook.

“I went page-by-page,”

Azarpira told the newspaper. Her son, who attends a Las Vegas tech school, was enrolled in the school’s Program Approach to Career Employment, which is a program that assists special needs youth who have received a high school diploma transition into finding jobs.

“Not even one picture. Not even one acknowledgment…”

Her son, who is 22, was reportedly born with a neurological disorder called hydrocephalus and is autistic. Azarpira said she was disappointed after learning that her son, nor the other 10 students in his class had no pictures in the book.

“Honestly, it really broke my heart,”

she said. 

The Clark County School District told the Review-Journal that the yearbook

“has historically featured students in ninth through 12th grades.”

“The school is reviewing the yearbook layout for future years to consider the addition of members of the school community enrolled in pre or post-graduation programs on campus,”

the district wrote in an email to the newspaper.

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