Recently, we had the yearly IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting at Isabella’s school. It took a while for my daughter and me to understand that the system is taking away services while telling us how well Bells is doing. “Your child is doing well so we are going to reduce her time in school and take away her summer program.” Huh? If it is working why change it? Bottom line, let’s save money.
Budget cutting measures are made by people who aren’t in the trenches. If they met these wonderful children would they be as quick to pull the rug out from under them? If they were to look into the eyes of the parents who are exhausted from the daily care of special needs children and from working full-time to put food on their tables could they justify the measures they are taking?
More and more I see the need for groups like Autism Speaks and P.O.A.C. which are on the front lines of defending the rights children on the autism spectrum. When I reached out, I was given information to help my daughter fight this I.E.P. and insist on getting Bells the services that are helping her to flourish.
On May 23rd, team Isabella will be walking for Autism Speaks. We hope to raise $1000 to help raise awareness of autism, education and research for a cure. If you wish to join us let me know! If you want to donate, great. What I ask for most is your support and encouragement for myself and any other families with members on the spectrum. Learn about autism. Reach out; give them a break if you are so inclined.
Awareness and education; our greatest weapons and our greatest defenses.
blessings from the trenches, gail