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CONGRESS AND THE STATES HAVE MANDATED HELP FOR THE LEARNING DISABLED BUT HAVEN'T PUT UP THE FUNDS

Two years ago, the Maynard family of rural Union County, South Dakota, received a Christmas card that read, "A 1995 New Year's wish for you and your family: death and destruction." Since 1992, the family had been getting hate mail from their neighbors. At one point, the family's youngest son, Casey Maynard, then 5, was told by a preschool playmate that the Maynards' house was going to be burned down. "Mommy, why do they hate my brother?" he asked his mother.

His older brother Jonathan, now 21, is autistic and attends a private school in Connecticut. The annual tab, including as...

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