Forrest Sargent, 26, spells words on a letter board during a session with speech therapist Ross Baarslag-Benson. Sargent is mostly nonverbal.  (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Forrest Sargent, 26, spells words on a letter board during a session with speech therapist Ross Baarslag-Benson at Fircrest School. Sargent is mostly nonverbal. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

‘I’m terrified’: Fight over Fircrest School divides families of people with developmental disabilities

For developmentally disabled people, integration into the community is considered a civil right. But what if an institution is the safest place? A new attempt by Washington state lawmakers to close Fircrest School in Shoreline — and reap millions from the property — shows why families are bitterly divided.  VIEW Updated

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