IEP – Already Planning the Next One!

The IEP was held and our main concern was addressed.  I was polite and presented our issue briefly but thoroughly.  Everybody displayed serious and interested faces and wrote things on their pads.  We heard many things such as “I see” and “Yes” and we saw everyone nodding up and down.

But we did not hear them say what they will do to make it happen or if they will attempt to make it happen.

They had many nice things to say about everything else and set-up a few necessary things, which we appreciate.

The plan now is to get those smaller things in place and say “Thank-you very much.”   We will thank them for their ideas and suggestions about all of those other things.  We will praise them for having brought them to our attention and we have already taken action on all of them.

In less than a week, however, I will send an email to the person in charge asking her what day is best for us to discuss our main issue.  I will want to speak to her in person and will be sure to let her know how much I am looking forward to our meeting.

Her notes should help her remember that our son’s doctors are very anxious that we move on to this next step.  They feel that this step is in his best interest and we agree.

The people at the meeting most-likely agree too.  Well, all except for the school district representative who is paid to not spend money regardless of what is in the best interest of any special-needs person.

I anticipate writing the email (to be sent this week) with, well, let’s say “a lot of energy and enthusiasm!”

They will become tired of me within the next few weeks.  We will not back down.  As I am the one who “confronts”  (heehee!), I shall do so, ever-so-politely and annoyingly (if necessary).  Then again, I may become tired of being polite in this instance…

Let’s see how long this takes.  Any bets on how many meetings it will take?  

Oh, the issue, you ask?  Apartment residence.

2 thoughts on “IEP – Already Planning the Next One!

  1. Stand your ground, politely of course, but professionally and with insistence. You are not alone in this need and the District needs to realize that an IEP is an IEP–not a What-the-district-refuses-to-spend-money-on-plan. Good luck.

    • Tim here – Thanks, Darlene. I understand the “least restrictive environment” idea, which is the legal standard apart from any funding issue (well, or maybe a code for it). But part of how our son in maintained at home is via medications for sleep and to curb aggression – not all of which he might need in a well staffed setting. If one counts meds, the home environment might not actually be “least restrictive” for him. We’ll keep after it – encouragement like yours helps.

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