I spent about 2 hours on the phone with the office of child protection & advocacy (VOPA) getting their opinions and seeing if they could help- they let me apply to see if they can provide free advocacy and/or legal services to try to get difficult child more services- in any way. Then, I spent about 1 1/2 hour on a conference call with a couple of people from PEATC. They are going to email me some stuff that might help me at the iep meeting. They would provide me with a lits of advocates but apparently, they don't have any for my area. Now, I'm in an urban area near the capitol- I can't believe the lack of resources here. And the few resources that appear "on paper" have walls thrown up around them. At least I'm finally talking to a couple of people around here that see that and acknowledge it, too! I mentioned to them about the discovery yesterday that on our state's website for special education (thru the state DOE website), there is a list of resources and at least 1/3 of them are non-existent- the links only list inconsequential advertisements. One lady said she already was aware of it- and it is a shame. They said I was lucky that VOPA even let me apply - that most people don't even get that far. Now, as soon as my phone charges up, I need to call social services and see what they say. But, I had planned to go to work for a while- I desparately need to and take difficult child with me, then go run errands- including getting his script filled and picking up groceries. Any I can get all that done in the next 4 1/2 hours?