This was her story:
My name is Madison and I am 8 years old.
I live in Rhode Island and used to attend special education classes at a private school because of my severe disabilities. But I became so sick and I was no longer able to attend school so my Town, West Warwick, canceled my tuition and are in process of taking my parents to court at the direction of Commissioner Deborah Gist who also doubts my handicaps and illness.
My parents took me to Boston Childrens Hospital but they did not know what was wrong.
So now I am home receiving medications to keep my liver from failing until they can figure out if there is anything they can do for me.
It's too bad that Commissioner Deborah Gist wasn't a mother. Then she would know what her department, the Rhode Island Department of Special Education, headed by J. David Sienko, and West Warwick, at the direction of Paul Vigeant, is putting my mother through. In fact, Commissioner Deborah Gist has had no experience in special education but now she is in charge of all Rhode Island special education.
It's too bad that most of the people involved in special education are not parents of special needs children or they would know what it is like to have the school district and Rhode Island telling them what is good for their child when in fact all they know about special needs children came from books.
It is really unfair to have my mother watch my health fail as she and my father have to prepare for a due process hearing requested by Paul Vigeant and required by Commissioner Deborah Gist and J. David Sienko.
This page was last updated: July 24, 2011
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Madison succumbed to her handicaps. Please join us in celebrating her life and the courageous battle she and her parents fought against her handicaps and those people that saw to it that her handicaps were not enough to overcome but decided they would selfishly throw as many obstacles their way because of their selfishness, self-serving agendas and worse yet, profited from her handicaps!
MADISON J. MANDEVILLE
Nov 26, 2002 - April 9, 2011
MANDEVILLE, MADISON J., the beloved 8 year old
daughter of Robert R. and Alyssa L. (Pinel) Mandeville of
Bayview Dr., passed peacefully at home while surrounded
by her loving family on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Madison
was born at Kent Hospital on November 26, 2002.
Madison was a student at the Cornerstone School in
Cranston. She enjoyed horseback riding, swimming and
She was the sister of Sophia Grace Mandeville and Abigail
Lillian Mandeville both at home. She is also survived by her
maternal grandparents Bruce and Sally Pinel of North
Kingstown; paternal grandmother Linda Wood of
Smithfield; great grandmothers Helen J. Pinel of Warwick,
Lillian Mandeville of Smithfield and Mary Menard of
Woonsocket. Madison was the niece of David and Stacie
Mandeville and the late Melanie Pinel.
Visiting hours are Tuesday 4 - 7 pm followed by a Service
at 7 pm in the R. A. IANNOTTI Funeral Home, 415
Washington St. (Rte.117), Coventry. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions to Cranston Arc / Cornerstone
School, P.O. Box 20130, Cranston, RI 02920 or Home &
Hospice Care of R I, 1085 North Main St., Providence, R I
02904 will be appreciated.
Madison with her hospice dogs, her hospice nurse and her mother while West Warwick was taking her parents to due process to stop her educational services which thanks to the hearing officer, Maureen Hobson, with the support of:
Angelo A. Padula, Jr.
David Gosselin, Jr.
James A. Williamson
and school superintendent Kenneth M. Sheehan
they did, at the expense of the West Warwick taxpayers!
The US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has initiated an investigation against the West Warwick School system for violating Madison's civil rights. The letter in on the next page of this website titled "OCR".