This Thursday, I have a big meeting at The Boy’s school to first review and update his IEP (necessary only because when you move to a new state, they follow the previous IEP for 30 days, and then completely re-do it to fit their own needs), and second, to determine if he will be switching schools.
The county (district) has a pilot program that is housed at a different middle school across the county. It is for kids with autism who do well academically, but need help with social skills and organization. My friends here have suggested it for The Boy, the county specialist has suggested it for The Boy, and I thought, “Yes, this sounds perfect for The Boy, especially in light of the fact that no one at his current school even knows what autism is…”
So we got the ball rolling, and the county specialist asked the program teacher to come and observe The Boy… and that’s where we hit a snag.
The program teacher said she wouldn’t recommend him for the program, by and large because of the size of the pilot program’s school – it is much larger than his current school, although not much larger than the school he came from up north, I’d like to point out. The specialist said we would meet to review his IEP, and then the team would make a decision about whether he could go, or whether he should stay where he is.
And now, I’ve been notified that “the team” now includes the usual characters, as well as the assistant director for special education in the county, and both the principal and assistant principal from the pilot program’s school…
Why has this blown up into something so huge? We’re talking about admitting one little 6th grader into your pilot program… I don’t get it. I can’t begin to fathom their intentions, and to be honest, it’s intimidating. I’d like to bring an advocate, but for several reasons, that isn’t an option right now.
I’m meeting with my “allies” after school today so that we can plan our “strategy”. It disgusts me that this is how special education in the public schools works. Our kids deserve better. My kid deserves better.
Wish me luck…