Not too long ago, a friend of mine was upset because she wasn’t rich enough to get her special-needs child into programs, and she wasn’t poor enough to qualify for aid. Today, in the Mountain Xpress, we read a concern from a parent trying to get her child into an unspecified ADHD program.

It seems that almost all slots for the program are designated for those on Medicaid. Only one slot per year in the whole county (Buncombe) is allotted for “pro bono,” or those with private insurance. Therefore, over a period of five years, we were always on a waiting list and never were granted the slot. . . . I wonder about the “No Child Left Behind” idea. Seems it does not apply to those with private insurance.