So I had to stop at our high school to sign some papers for one of my kids special education teachers, and the Superintendent happened to hear my voice. He came out, asked me if I had a few minutes so he could give me the paperwork for home schooling. Now, if you are following my blog, you already know this.. we are in spirited discussions with our district regarding the return of our youngest to public school. He was in a residential behavior modification program for 7 months. And once he completed their program they discharged him. Now the school doesn’t want him back, they want us to bus him 40 miles one way to another day treatment program. They will pay all expenses. Our argument is that our son deserves a chance to at least try to be successful in the public school setting. Least Restrictive Environment it
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.
>So I was in Denver this week doing a Title V Block Grant review for the Department of Human Services Region VIII. It was an incredible experience. I learned so much about what the state level has to go through in order to get funding from the federal government. In the process, I shared a bit about myself and my efforts to develop a non-profit organization for Father’s of Special Needs Kids. A lot of interest from the state. In that they are going to be doing some leadership training for fathers in the next year. So we traded contact information. Whether or not it will open a door or not, I don’t know. While it is nice to have a break from the normal routine, I sure can’t wait to get back to the family. Going to stop and see David tomorrow. Liz passed her driving test yesterday. School