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.
When my wife came home from work and checked her personal email, she discovered a copy of the prior written notice had been emailed to her. And evidently it had been emailed to me as well. To an account that I never use to communicate with the district. Very frustrating. As to the content of the PWN… well, let’s just say that it is adversarial in nature. We are trying to figure out what the principal is attempting to do. First, the PWN isn’t from the Special Education teacher that our son would work with. It is from the school principal. Second, no contact was made with either my wife nor I regarding a date or time for the meeting. No effort was made to contact our advocate or any of the other staff from outside the district who works with our son. I did learn that the principal is
>I find myself thinking more and more about what our district is doing to M. I can’t fathom the level of failure that they are exhibiting. Failure isn’t even the right word. I don’t know what is. Health problems are beginning to crop up in my life. My other kids are feeling the toll of this on their lives. They know that M is mentally ill. They also know that there little brother is being treated in a manner that isn’t right. If a 12 year old boy with autism can see this, surely the school can see this. We are meeting with the psychiatrist tomorrow. Hopefully Thursday will begin the process of reentry into the classroom. He really only has two days of school left before he starts the alternative placement and partial hospitalization recommended by his doctor. Then he will be out of the district until fall. I