Kim - posted on 08/23/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
HELP! The school district is forcing my son who has PDD-NOS into their transition program called the Career Center. He is entering the 10th grade and is 18 years old. The career center is focusing on copying, shredding, recycling for the school district. They also send him out into the community 2x a week for a job in various capacities. I drug my feet on that because most of the kids are sent out 5 days a week either in the morning or in the afternoon.The rest of the day is focused on Career Math, Career English,Career Exploration and daily living life skills.They also get to have some regular ed class, like band, international desserts, safety ed....and other fluff stuff classes.We already have him signed up with an organization called the CMSU that will help him achieve this after he graduates at 21 years of age. The real kicker to this program is that they make these students leave the High School cross the parking lot and go to the Elementary basement where there are two class rooms and the one they spend most of their time in has no windows and is next to the boiler room. No other high school students have to do this! They are literally cut off from them. We live in PA were the weather can be extremely bad with lots of snow. My son has had an operation on both his feet to help him walk better but they are still deformed and getting proper foot wear on him or even buying boots is extremely impossible and stress inducing. We filed for Mediation with ODR but the Special Ed. Director told me he still has to report there because it is considered there Life Skills classroom for the High School! They claimed the "Stay Put" dose not apply while we argue his case. Any suggest would be helpful. We just want our son to enjoy the last three years as a normal high school student like everyone else.
Sincerely, Stressed OUT Mom