NYC children with learning disabilities, gifted and of average intelligence, whose parents don't believe the public schools can serve their needs have the option of suing the Department of Education for money to cover the cost of tuition at private schools like Stephen Gaynor, Aaron, or the soon to be opened Lang School.
However, gifted NYC children with physical disabilities are in a trickier position. Take the case of a child who scores above the 90th percentile - NYC's gifted cut-off - but is in a wheelchair.
While some excellent schools - PS 199, PS 234, PS 333, PS 89, PS 33, PS 195, PS 180, PS 69, among others - are wheelchair accessible, none of them offer a G&T program (and all are zoned schools who rarely take kids from outside of it.)
The only citywide G&T to currently do so is the Brooklyn School of Inquiry. But getting there, say, from the Bronx, is a challenge for an able-bodied child, much less a disabled one.
The city promises every qualified child a seat in a G&T classroom as long as they list every option available to them. But what happens when every option simply isn't an option?
Have you dealt with such a situation? What was the response from the DOE?