I met with Casey’s school last week to talk about getting Casey transfered to a Special School. The person that I spoke with agreed that it would be a good idea for Casey. When she went to start the process she was told we have to have an official ARD. On Wednesday I will meet with her again, as well as many other people involved in the school and Casey’s care to have the ARD.
Tim and I have done a lot of research and talked with other parents and professionals in the area. Most schools do not offer classrooms designs for kids as medically fragile/complicated as Casey. There are a couple in the area that do however. So far everyone that I have spoke with has agreed that Casey should transfer. However, until Wednesday morning I will not fully know what all is involved in this process.
Currently Casey gets her school services (PT, OT, Speech and Vision) at home. We found out just a few weeks ago that half of her therapists are no longer with the district. We figured this was as good as any time to start working on the transfer.
I will let you all know how it goes and what we can expect as soon as we get more details. For other parents out there looking to do the same type of thing, I will post more details on the entire process when I get a little further into things.
Also, on a separate note, I saw a story on-line today about Jennifer Aniston’s use of the R-Word. I try not to make a huge deal out this, but truthfully it is offensive. Casey doesn’t know the word, and I hope that she never hears it in a derogatory way. It breaks my heart to think that one day she may and the hurt that she will feel with that word. I think we all need to make a conscious effort to stop using this word in that way. I know no one would want to hurt Casey’s feelings (or any other special kid out there). Our words are powerful – we just need to keep that in mind.