Sometimes advocating for a child is like haggling for a car. A district rep offered my client 12 hours of Orton-Gillingham (OG).When I thought about it, I called her back and said, “You know that isn’t going to accomplish anything.” Continue reading
Dear IEP Team:
Wow. That was a heck of an IEP meeting, right? I know having an advocate at these meetings always makes the meetings a little (or a lot) longer and if you are anything like me, you are exhausted when they are done. I hope you don’t take the presence of an advocate as a signal that there is a ‘fight’ to be had or that we intend to play the blame game with the school.
- The Decoding Dyslexia movement grew to 44 states. http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/
- Dyslexia Empowerment Plan was published and we all loved it. Ben Foss became the new ‘it’ person for those with dyslexia. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dyslexia-Empowerment-Plan-Confidence/dp/0345541235
- TED-Ed allowed Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley and a talented animator (Marc Christoforidis) to create a short video to promote awareness in a nutshell. It now has over 100,000 views. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafiGBrFkRM
- Dislecksia was finally released in theaters and Harvey Hubbell continues to make personal appearances. http://www.dislecksiathemovie.com/
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Whew! I am tired. Wiped out. Pooped. Exhausted. Beat. Stick a fork in me done. I am not sure how many IEPs I attended in 2013 but it was enough to make me want to lie on the couch and eat Bon-Bons. But alas, that is not to be. And it’s not because I need to take care of my own family, they would love it if I spent a night on the couch without reading a case file and randomly exclaiming, “Oh my god! Are they serious?” And while I could rest back on my laurels and be satisfied with all the good services and accommodations many students with dyslexia now have, and I could reminisce about the middle school child that I saw advocate for himself in an IEP, or think about the parents that openly wept after getting what their student needed; but I would be remiss if I didn’t also notice the IEP meetings that went badly or were prolonged experiences due to misinformation about dyslexia. And I would be blind if I didn’t notice that parents are contacting us more than ever desperately seeking help. So I thought I would share with you what I learned in 2013 because we need to revisit where we have been before we can plan where to go.