In this video, Rachna Sizemore Heizer (Jake’s mother) passionately tells the story of Musicminded Jake at the NEA Foundation Symposium on the Promise of Public Education.
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“Rachna Sizemore Heizer, a public school parent from Fairfax County, Va., shared the story of her son, Jake, a teenager with autism. Jake is a musical prodigy whose unique needs have helped, rather than hinder, his education, and Heizer explained her hard won fight to get the district to focus on his abilities rather than his disabilities. The audience got a first-hand look at his abilities when he came onstage to perform.“