Today has been a morning crash course re-educating myself on inclusive education, pertinent laws, rights of the child, entitlement even (wow, that's a big word, isn't it?), times when inclusion is NOT appropriate, and in general.... all things inclusion.
I've also done quite a bit of reading-up on homebound services, qualifications, and part-time public school attendance.
I wouldn't say I'm sharpening the claws, because I really want for all of the upcoming meetings to be successful and peaceful for the KIDS. But I am definitely making myself more knowledgeable so that I can go in with an informed opinion and suggestion for educating each of my kids.
I've spent the last two hours pouring over the Wright's Law site and several hours last week Googling laws including the bylaws for our area. Quite a bit of info out there!!
Off to a good start. Michael has no idea that he's about to get the "condensed crash course" in the next few days... you know, the one where I sit and read him everything highlighted on all the paperwork that I printed out so he can be just as loud, er... educated... a voice in the meetings as well. (( Sorry honey... :) ))
Brianna's IEP meeting is next week on Thursday. Here's a question for you if you have a child with an IEP or help in creating IEPs... Do you generally receive a copy of relevant material before the IEP meeting or do you just sit down at the meeting and have it all shared at the meeting? Also (hmm, guess I have a few questions...) have parents generally gotten a copy of the evaluations and testing used at the meetings? At the very least, the results which are being presented? Ahead of time? And last... I think... do you generally discuss suggested placements before the meeting so both parties can be knowledgeable about what the other has in mind?
We generally sit down at the meeting without prior knowledge of anything, BUT, we generally all agree on what's being done. When there have been difficulties that an IEP meeting was called to 'fix', they have been stated up front and our intentions as well as the school's were well known before the meeting. Right now, we've talked to the people that we are working with, but not with anyone that is actually coming up with their own plan or determination of placement for THREE of our kids. All three will have new placements for next year. For Wesley and Aleksa I haven't even mentioned our desire for part time homebound because I've not met with anyone that would have the ability to do anything with that... Hmm...
Thanks for your input! :)