I thought I was done with Special Education. Maybe you're never done with it.
I became intimately familiar with Special Education after moving to Woodstock in 1996. My experience began at Dean St. School, and one of the smartest things I did, after taking an informal one-day class in Special Ed Advocacy at the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, was to hire a full-time advocate who had more than 15 years of hands-on experience.
He wasn't cheap, and he was worth it!
I learned about placement in-district, placement out-of-district, private therapeutic day schools, hospitalization, inclusion, exclusion, a teacher's rant (not intended for my eyes, of course), and the Age 18-to-21 Transition Program at McHenry County College.
All of which can be content for many stand-alone articles.
Thanks to this blog and another (www.WoodstockAdvocate.com), parents still find me.
Parents need support. They need it, and are entitled to it, from the school districts. They need support from others - family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers, the community.
There is support available. Watch here for new articles. Some will have what some consider "old" information. Be refreshed. Never give up!
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