Fighting for my sons education alone
Feeling alone in battle
It's been just over 3 years since My Love died. And though I am much better the stresses that life brings makes me long for him. I know the he is here in spirit as I fight for my sons education. My son was diagnosed with autism 6 months after my husbands death. I knew little about Asperger's syndrome at the time of diagnosis. But now that he is 14 almost 15 in March it is becoming more obvious. The difference between Neuro typical (regular teens) and my son have come to a head as he struggles socially and emotionally at school and at home.
The high school he attends does not have an autism expert (Tappahannock VA) and the teachers do not understand his educational and emotional needs. Although they claim that they are getting an autism expert to the school and that she/he will teach the teachers how to teach he needs help now. I need to work on his IEP individual education plan to make sure he gets the proper goals,benchmarks and accommodations that he needs.
I am no expert but I do know that he was suspended for 2 weeks because his disability . I know that he has the right to an education and at this time I want to have him attend a day school for ASD and ADD. Under FAPT I have this right. His present school should pay for and transport him to this school. But I need to prove the need.
It sounds easy enough right? I know my son and understand his learning disabilities. Yet not enough to fight for him properly in an effective way to make it happen. I have gotten wrightslaw books from emotions to advocacy and writing an effective IEP. The other parents I have talked to have been fighting for their children's education for years and know the ins and outs. They do not let their emotions get in the way as they fight step by step.
I get emotional and wish oh how I wish he were here to make everything o.k. Together we could conquer the world alone, I feel so ineffective and weary.
I Miss him still...I guess that I always will