Kathy - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
I have (2) special needs daughters. They both have the same underlying disease, but have their own challenges. My youngest is globally delayed, autistic and has chronic illnesses. She is in a Special Ed school doing wonderfully. My oldest, is smart, reads well but has some perception problems. She has had (2) strokes and has CP, not walking and alot of other things going on. I just requested that they remove her from the "Diploma program" in the public school system and put her in "Certificate" so I can fight to get her in the Spec. Ed school. They have mainstreamed her and now is in spec ed, but mainstream at my request. She is so bored, she hates school. She doesn't write fast, and not for long so she has an aide to write for her. She basically sits in her w/c and daydreams the day away. Surprisingly her report cards show A,B,C's. Pushing her through. Anyway, I would like her in the Special Ed environment since she needs to learn life skills, and if she remains healthy and lives past the 21 years of schooling, her job would probably end up being an assistant to a daycare/special needs type position. She is mentally great, but physically so limited that I'm finding a real battle with the educators who seem to think math/science and history are doing her some great benefit. Ughhhhhh!!!! I am actually the first parent in Balto, MD to ever request this, so it may be a long battle, but I don't give up easily. I may need a lawyer if anyone knows a pro bono in my area, but have already informed them that if next years options are the high school, or home and hospital, then I will remove her from the school system completely. Any one else been thru this battle? It's really a shame, because she does so well with positive feedback and is a huge ray of sunshine.