Last night I went to a seminar on your basic rights in special education. I figured I would be bored because I have already been through the basic IEP set up and several reviews with 2 different schools for Son. I was right. I did get a couple tidbits of information that will help us in the future but that came from one of the other parents in the audience. THAT's why I was there; to connect with other parents on the Autism Spectrum.
The seminar was hosted by our Autism Center but was open to all parents who wanted to be educated on their rights. But there were mostly Spectrum parents and kids there. After seeing the kids and hearing their parents horror stories about their Child Study Teams, I am VERY grateful that Son is SO high functioning and that we have had the pleasure of working with caring team members.
There were kids there who are more severely affected by their diseases than Son. People could look at Son and talk with Son and now know there is anything wrong with Son.
There were parents there with horror stories about fighting with their schools to get the BASIC services needed for their child. I have never really had to fight the schools, they have always been willing to take on whatever I throw at them.
At the beginning of this school year, there was a new child study team in the school and Son wasn't getting all the services in the IEP so I called the principal and the child study team leader to express my concern. All Son's services started immediately.
Anyway, I am very grateful that Son is high functioning and that he has caring teachers and team members. I also know how lucky I am to have that and will be sending a little thank you to his teachers and his aid.