On any given day in America, 80,000 to 100,000 inmates are held in segregation in our nation's prisons. There, they remain isolated in small single person cells for 22 to 24 hours per day, often for years at a time. Notably, segregation disproportionately affects inmates with mental illness and experts assert that most inmates acquire or experience exacerbated symptoms of mental illness as a result of the conditions in segregation.
As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.