Monday, March 31, 2008

Politics -- as usual?

It's election day tomorrow -- and IEP day for our family. This means Husband and I will plan ahead to get our voting done early, before we go to work, before we leave our respective workplaces to go to Amigo's IEP.
We have concerns. He's doing well in some areas, not so well in others, and we worry. It's what we do. We ask questions that are not always easy to answer.
He has a Behavior Intervention Plan. How and when was that distributed to staff members who work with Amigo? (We know the answer to this one.) How can this be handled better in the future?
Are Braille materials available on time? (I hope for a yes answer, but I'm afraid it's inconsistent.)
And the one that has us really worries now: He's sixteen. We're looking for transition plans and job training. So far, Amigo has signed up (with our help) for a job-training camp next summer, but we haven't seen anything remotely related coming out of the school team.
After the meeting, we usually stop at a nearby, locally owned fast food joint for supper.
Amigo calls it an I Eat Pizza. The meeting, not the restaurant.
I'm glad he maintains a sense of humor. We'll see how well I maintain mine. It'll be easier if the line at the polls isn't too long in the morning. Long enough for a good turnout, just not so long I lose before-school preparation time at my desk.

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Blogger Earth Muffin said...

Being a sp. ed. teacher, I just LOVE the "I Eat Pizza" title!
Can I borrow it? Maybe I'll start Eating Pizza on my annual review days. That could make them less miserable.

It's nice to read about a parent who comes prepared to an IEP meeting and has genuine concerns and is planning to communicate them in a non-adversarial fashion. I don't get much of that around these parts. I hope you hear some good news!

3/31/2008 5:08 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

GOOD LUCK! I admire his humor, these are not fun (generally)

4/01/2008 7:21 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

Oh have fun with Amigo! I hope all goes smoothly.

We had our very first IEP this year and it went well. Looking forward to next years.

4/01/2008 9:16 AM  

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