Anonymous asks:

A mature man with a disability has volunteered in our church preschool till the end of the year. Should I be concerned?

Had this been proposed at the beginning of the year, we could have chosen to send our child elsewhere.
In Topics: School and Academics, Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago



Mar 31, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

I am sorry that I don't have full understanding of your question as there appears to be some essential information missing...

What kind of disability?  Note that many individuals with learning challenges make wonderful volunteer helpers, especially if they have the guidance of experienced teachers.

Does this person have volatile behaviors that make you concerned?  If so, please address your concerns with the church officials.

Does this individual have a police record?  If so, then this is a larger issue than having exceptional needs.

Consider learning more about adults with exceptional needs. Here are some resources:

Association for Retarded Citizens:
Autism:  Http://

I hope this helps you.  Please feel free to add details to your question.


Louise Sattler, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

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silverkitty , Student writes:
I think it depends on what disability he has. If it skewers his vision between right and wrong as well as boundaries then perhaps  you should be considered BUT I doubt the church would have let him work w/ kids if he is incapable of doing so properly. Also If he is not alone (i.e. has other volunteers w/ him) I do not see why you should be concerned. Hoped this helped some.
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gladice writes:
As long as he is capable enough to teach and look after for the safety of the students so theres nothing to worry about.

Because for me its depends on his disability. I myself is a polio victim but then its not a hindrance to teach the children in school as long as they are given rules.
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