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29. Disability Rights, Culture and the Disability Community

What is disability culture?   It is interesting to note the overall willingness of the disability community, which includes individuals with disabilities and their families, to initially embrace any and all regardless of the type of disability.  Once indoctrinated however there … Continue reading

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28. Collaboration! It’s The Right Thing To Do!

Imagine an IEP meeting where everyone is in agreement.  A meeting where the only time money is mentioned is when the group thanks you for buying the snacks you brought with you.  Imagine a meeting where you feel good about … Continue reading

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27. Fathers As Advocates

I have always prided myself in the fact that from the very beginning I always tried to include all in my efforts to advocate – all disabilities, races, languages and genders.  I have seen the growth and inclusionary practice in … Continue reading

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22. And Off He Went … To College!

We had survived middle school relatively unscathed.  He had those fresh out of college teachers who were excited about their profession and so eager to teach.  My son really benefited from being there.  He entered high school continuing on with … Continue reading

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19. They Called me … The Kid

I was beginning to become recognized as a resource for all parents of children with disabilities.  In my interactions with parents I learned about a wide variety of disabilities and how they impacted children’s access to an education.   ( Specific … Continue reading

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18. Persistence, Interpretation and Acronyms!

I had made some changes in policy and services in my community applying things I had read and learned from others.  My son had settled in and all the other children with hearing impairments had been placed in age and grade … Continue reading

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16. OCR Investigation Is Complete. Back to The Neighborhood School!

The day finally arrived when I went to the mailbox and peered inside to find a fat letter with a return address from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Atlanta, Georgia.  I opened it and began to read.  OCR … Continue reading

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14. Pamphlets, Resources, Parents and a Computer Guru!

Still no word from OCR and the school year had come to a close.  My son returned home and went off to summer school but with an extra five hours a day minus bus time to spend  and was back … Continue reading

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13. Off to My First Conference

As I  patiently awaited  the final ruling regarding the transportation issue,   http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seo/library/transguide.pdf I  continued to network and learn. The closest established resource was Parent to Parent of Miami and I joined them and was receiving their newsletter, (http://www.ptopmiami.org/) which listed some … Continue reading

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12. I Was An Informed Parent, And A Force To Be Reckoned With!

The complaint was filed and we would have to await the ruling.  The length of time for the complaint investigation to be processed by OCR was considerably longer than that under the State complaint. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocrcpm.html)   OCR can extend that time … Continue reading

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