Nov 27, 2017, (Ontario, Canada) Hamilton Spectator: ‘You can’t discipline autism out of a child’: Mom and student protest suspension https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7967408--you-can-t-discipline-autism-out-of-a-child-mom-and-student-protest-suspension/ The 12-year-old is serving a five-day suspension for slapping an educational assistant in the face and punching a teacher in the shoulder last week. Ivan isn't your average student. He has autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. … Ivan and his mom led a rally near the school Monday to protest his suspension and show support for other special-needs kids. He is among the 25 per cent of the public board's roughly 49,000 students receiving special education services. The board has dedicated $77.9 million to special education out of its overall annual budget of $540.7-million. The demands for special-needs education have increased in recent years with more families moving to Hamilton to access its excellent medical services, Figueiredo said. Reports of physical aggression against educational assistants in Hamilton public elementary and secondary schools have also spiked. In the 2015-16 school year, there were 1,621 reports involving such outbursts as pushing, pulling, head-butting, scratching and kicking. In 2016-17, there were 2,239 reports, according to union figures.