Author Archives: Wilbur Hawke

51. Why not Italy??

I recently heard a mom recite the Emily Perl Kingsley poem, “Welcome to Holland.  This has been the mainstay of describing parental emotions for decades.  When I first heard it, I understood the message as a newbie parent and was … Continue reading

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50. Exploring the World of Eligibility after Entitlement

Exploring the world of eligibility after entitlement, a place where only the tenacious excel. I recently helped a friend with a disability apply for adult services. What a rude awakening to a whole other process. There is no lever of … Continue reading

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49. Transition, the Natural Progression Toward Independence

The transition process does not just happen the last year of school, I believe it begins at birth. It is what we as parents naturally do when teaching our children to take care of themselves, and that learning process continues … Continue reading

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48. Let’s Go To Court? Not If I Can Help It.

There is only one type of individual that OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs) has discouraged from attending an IEP meeting and that is an attorney. While school attorneys are not expressly forbidden from attending IEP meetings, they are strongly … Continue reading

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47. You Have to Do More Than Just Show Up

If you want positive outcomes, it’s important to do more than just show up once a year! Preparation and continued involvement throughout the year are what it takes to see adequate gains. Otherwise, the odds are that you will be disappointed … Continue reading

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46. Slaying Dragons: The Art of Picking Your Battles

How does one remain focused when choosing the direction in which to expend one’s energy?  As much as you might want to take on all comers and issues, there simply is not enough time or energy to do everything.  So … Continue reading

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45. Rebooting Our Systems after Breaks

It’s now October and the school year is well underway.  I hope all you parents out there used this past summer as a time to rest and recharge your batteries as much as possible.  I am sitting here thinking of the … Continue reading

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44. Focus on the Positive

I recently posted a story written by a father about his daughter on the Florida Fathers Network page. Of several comments I received, one stood out to me. It reflected that we all need to hear more about positive things … Continue reading

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43. Community Accountability

In regard to disability, I have become convinced that the only sustainable way to achieve equality will not come from a trickle-down effect. As well-meaning as anyone would like to believe government passage of law to be, enforcement is not … Continue reading

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42. Never-Ending with No Closure Ever

Many years ago I entered into this disability advocacy field thinking I could have everything in control within five years. Yes, I mean everything.  As you may have guessed, I couldn’t have been more wrong . I didn’t really grasp … Continue reading

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