Special Education

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Mikey Heine wasn’t going to be able to keep attending Bridgeway Academy, a school that has helped him grow and develop his own sense of self.

“We were looking at withdrawing Mikey from school because I didn’t make enough (money),” his mom Melissa Peppercorn said. 

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Mikey, 8, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and the following year he started attending Bridgeway, a nonprofit school on the East Side that serves students with the disorder and other special needs. In addition to schooling, Bridgeway offers life skills training and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

“They give him access to services that we would have to find ourselves or we would have had minimal access to other places,” said Peppercorn, 35.