So today, in the midst of the chaos of trying to figure out what the best path is for my family, I got a call from our state Department of Public Instruction. (DPI) A couple of days ago, I mentioned on my blog that I was submitting a request for a facilitated IEP to the Department. Today I got a call from the Department telling me that the school requested a facilitated IEP. A move that the Department admits is highly unusual. It is very rare for a school to think that a facilitated IEP is beneficial to them. So why are they doing this? Is it in response to the attack on my daughter yesterday? Are they hoping that if they give with one child, we won’t push them on the assault issue? I have been in contact with the investigative department of DPI as well. I asked them
Since coming online with the new blog and website on January 3rd, I have made an incredible number of new friends. Some really fantastic people are connecting with me. How lucky am I? ==== Back to the topic for the night. Have you ever experienced a Facilitated IEP? According to the website http://www.directionservice.org, a facilitated IEP is: “A facilitated IEP meeting is an IEP meeting that includes an impartial facilitator who promotes effective communication and who assists the IEP team in developing an acceptable IEP. The facilitator keeps the team focused on the proper development of the IEP while addressing conflicts that arise. IEP Facilitation is not used to resolve disputes unrelated to the IEP.” In the state of North Dakota, the facilitator is paid by the state, which in turn enforces the impartiality of the facilitator because they can’t be influenced by either the school district or the parent.
Autism and a sick child. school prinicipal and the counselor. ewww how gross