Robert A. Bertsche Presents Citizenship Award to Connecticut Mother for Her Efforts Helping Children With Disabilities

February 14, 2014

Prince Lobel Tye LLP Media Law Practice Group Chair Robert A. Bertsche presented Kit Savage with the New England First Amendment Coalition’s inaugural Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. Orfield, a mother and optometrist who worked to improve the schools in Chicago, used non-surgical vision therapy methods to help children with vision-related learning disabilities. She published her findings in her 2007 book, Eyes for Learning.

Bertsche, a First Amendment lawyer and member of the Coalition’s executive committee, stated, “It is very fitting that Kit Savage receives this award in the first year since it has been renamed in memory of the late Dr. Antonia Orfield. Like Kit Savage, her advocacy had a tie to children and learning differences.”

Savage was one of the original 25 parents to sign the complaint with the state Department of Education, alleging systemic violations to federal special education law. Those allegations were confirmed in a two-part state investigation, and further detailed in an independent probe.

Click here to read the complete article, as published in the Darien (Conn.) Times.

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