A potentially happy sped event

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by slsh, May 31, 2007.

  1. slsh

    slsh member since 1999

    Yes, from the slsh household, we actually may have some happy sped news after a solid decade of mostly misery. I won't bore with- details, but FAPE in LRE has never applied to Boo, in spite of a major campaign I waged 4 years ago that nearly cost me my sanity and *did* cost Boo in terms of some uncalled for and pretty nasty retaliatory garbage.

    "Placement" this year is a self-contained classroom 20 miles and several high school's away, in a jr. high, with LRE consisting of getting to eat lunch on Mondays in a real HS. However, he's also attended a program through UCP for adults 2 days a week. The curriculum at school has become extremely inappropriate for my 18 y/o son. He's not infantile, not even really teen anymore. He is most definitely an adult.

    In my part of IL, sped is funded thru home district but provided by co-ops that collect kiddos with- more severe disabilities and place them... wherever.

    So... I asked co-op staff about Boo attending the adult program not only 2 days/week this summer for ESY, but also full time next year. "Oh no, that doesn't happen... we've never had a student do that." To me, that was 2 separate statements. Just because it's never happened before doesn't mean it can't. So I called sped director (district) who, bless his heart, said "sure".

    Co-op staff has also really been applying the pressure for me to look at an Residential Treatment Center (RTC)-type setting for Boo. Yes, that's just what I want, 2 of my kids in residential settings, coming home for "visits". Out of their minds.

    So, Boo gets to miss 2 days a week of "tall tales" (ESY curriculum this summer - gag) to go to adult program where, by the way, they treat him like the competant, capable adult he is. *Plus*, he gets to attend the program full time starting next fall and we can bypass the ridiculous alleged "curriculum" at school completely. Only issue I have to weigh is his related services (Occupational Therapist (OT)/ST/PT and aug com) come fall - would mean 1 day at school, really meaningless in terms of curriculum/learning/life skills, and I honestly am not so sure about how meaninful it will be in terms of related services. Can do them as consult only... I don't know.

    But - good news! So, it never hurts to ask for something that has "never been done before"!! :smile:
  2. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    Yeah! Good job warrior mom!
  3. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    Very good! :biggrin:

    And kudos to the Sp Ed Director that recognizes the "Individual" in IEP.

    :bravo: :smile:
  4. lordhelpme

    lordhelpme New Member

    that sounds great!

    my difficult child starts a similar program next yr for lower elem.