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FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

| October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
FAPE Is Not A Privilege, It’s A Right: Special Needs Education 101

***Disclosure:  I am not an attorney. I cannot provide you with legal advice regarding special needs education or any other matter.  I do take part in some advocacy work as a volunteer and not in an official capacity.  None of the information provided is intended to be used as legal advice and it is not […]

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Parents Rights: Special Education In California

| October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Parents Rights: Special Education In California

The following California Parents Rights were Copied directly from the California Department of Education website, and includes direct links below. If you have a child with Special Needs, most likely you have been given a copy of the Parents’ Rights on numerous occasions.  It’s easy to set them aside on top of the other mountain […]

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Another Party We Weren’t Invited To: Autism Misunderstood

| September 22, 2014 | 8 Comments
Another Party We Weren’t Invited To: Autism Misunderstood

  We didn’t get invited to the party… I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately.  In retrospect, it’s much easier to understand those defining moments I didn’t recognize while they were happening. So, reflection is an important part of my life.  I use it to learn from my mistakes, keep doing the things I […]

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Autism Is Hardest on Saturdays

| September 14, 2014 | 16 Comments
Autism Is Hardest on Saturdays

Every Saturday is a fail.  They used to be my favorite days. I looked forward to that one special day I could spend quality time with my kids, not trying to recover from the previous work week or preparing for the next. Saturdays were by far, my happiest days! Autism turned my Saturdays into 12-hour […]

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My Daughter Is NOT Hungry, She Just Likes To Eat

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Daughter Is NOT Hungry, She Just Likes To Eat

I know I bought a bag of 15 apples but I only see three in the fridge.  That’s strange, but I could just be losing my mind.  Why wouldn’t I be? On the other hand, I’m sure I bought that bag of apples. I mean, I JUST bought them.  Oh, not this again! Yesterday it […]

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Teachers Say They’re Tired Of Being Blamed: Part I

| August 8, 2014 | 2 Comments
Teachers Say They’re Tired Of Being Blamed: Part I

I’m well known in my city by friends, neighbors, businesses, and especially the School District, as that mom.   Sometimes, that’s a good thing.  I’m the mom who would do anything for the neighborhood kids.  I care about their safety and their futures.  I root for them and support them.  My friends laugh with me and […]

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Autistic Boy Escapes From School: Mom Was Told, “It Happens”

| August 6, 2014 | 2 Comments
Autistic Boy Escapes From School: Mom Was Told, “It Happens”

“Hello?” “Mrs. Mallard,” said the voice on the other end,  ”we just wanted to inform you that Elijah got out of the classroom today. He made several attempts to escape , and he finally succeeded. It took us about 30 minutes, but we finally found him in a yard nearby. The lady who lived there […]

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Bath Time: Mom of Autistic Teen Says It Takes Love & Patience

| January 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
Bath Time: Mom of Autistic Teen Says It Takes Love & Patience

It’s bath time. Elijah loves his baths, but for us bath time can be a challenge. Mind you, he’s not a cute little boy anymore.  He is 15 years old, nearly an adult, so there are extra “things” we have to consider. This is our routine: We tell him it’s bath time, and he happily […]

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The Best Thing We Can Do As Parents of Children With Special Needs: Do Not Underestimate Their Potential

| January 6, 2014 | 6 Comments
The Best Thing We Can Do As Parents of Children With Special Needs:  Do Not Underestimate Their Potential

There’s a noise in the kitchen. I look at the alarm clock. Alas, it is not time for me to wake up yet. It’s 2:43 am and Elijah is wide awake looking for a snack. This situation would be ok if I had what society considers a ‘normal’ teenager. I mean, once boys hit the […]

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3-Year-Old with #Autism Forgotten at School by #Special #Needs School Bus Driver on Her 1st Day of Preschool

| September 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
3-Year-Old with #Autism Forgotten at School by #Special #Needs School Bus Driver on Her 1st Day of Preschool

HAYWARD, CA – A 3-year-old girl with Autism was abandoned by the school bus company (Durham School Services) today, on her first day of special education preschool, when the school bus driver forgot to pick her up from school, after dropping her off in the morning. Editor’s Story: Kaitlyn, my three-year-old daughter who has Autism […]

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