Sonja L says:
As the parent of a young college student with high-functioning autism, I’m thankful for the dedicated special education professionals who work with a most needy and difficulty student population. My son was driven to clinical depression (1st & 3rd grades- shame on them) in a “good” neighborhood charter school. Teachers there refused to work with IEP required therapists or provide the modifications or accommodations required so he could succeed (I don’t do that in MY class). I found a little nonpublic school outside our district as no options nearby had openings, appropriate settings or wanted our child. I drove a 75 mile round trip – twice a day for 7 ½ years to this little nonpublic school “that could”.
I am forever grateful for the owner/administrator, the teachers and aides for giving my son the chance he deserved. When he was placed, he hit, kicked, screamed, bit people and threw things (all learned at the charter school – he never had such a violent outburst at home until treated so badly). It took one full year before he realized he was “safe” and could sit and attend in class. Once he realized it was ok to be himself, he learned and has been a A/C student ever since. He is now in a community college, takes the bus by himself and is very proud (as are his parents) of his accomplishments. He worked hard, but could not have been able to do so without those wonderful people who gave him the confidence to believe in himself.
I continue to work with other families o students with disabilities in K- 12, because I believe all students have the potential to succeed if we allow them the tools to do so. My son is a sign of hope for the success of their children.
I have no idea what hell end up doing as a profession, but I know he’ll be happy and feel proud in whatever he accomplishes. He could not have come far without the little nonpublic school.
Thank you for giving my son his future.
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