Well, we won our court case (which established the validaty of using aides for integration), (YEA!!! ;D ) BUT IT SEEMS THAT THE FIGHT MAY JUST BE BEGINNING....... The best way to win (for them) seems to be to try and obstruct all our gains as much as possible, until we give up.... (Actually, this case was brought on by the non-complience of the education board to the first trial that we also won!) Anyway, they are pushing very hard to put Ricki into special ed , but I hope they won't suceed! (We won't make it easy for them, that's for sure!) I am still up to fighting, but can't fiqure out how people in education can be so dumb about integration......and so uncaring.....SIGH
Well, Congratulations on this WIN......and hang in there for the rest of the fight. There are SO many benefits for the school AND the children if inclusion is done well! Why do they have to be so opposed to it?? Susan
GOOD FOR YOU! I still have to say..Hillsboro and Portland Oregon are for the most part--really INTO inclusion...I lived one town over when Kaylee was getting ready to start Kindergarten and we sold our house to buy a bigger one and moved just across district lines and I seriously have not had to argue ONCE about her being in regular ed. More power to ya!
Cindy..wife to Scott since 1988, mom to Kaylee (w d/s)1993, Emma (Erbs Palsey) 1996, and the suprise..Sam 2003
Post by momofrussell on Jun 9, 2004 21:26:28 GMT -5
Well congrats on the win. You know, unless they can prove that a spec ed type class is the least restrictive environment and NOT where Ricki is now, they can't place Ricki there. You would have to OK and sign the IEP. So, where I stand, they don't have a case for moving Ricki.
Don't give up...!!!! Unless you want to! Do what is best for Ricki even if they don't see it.
Adrienne, wife of Kevin, mom of Regan 19, Russell (DS, Autism, Visually Impaired) 14 and Reece 11.
Mom Of Russell, I live overseas, and all those lovely rights don't really exist here. Most DO exist on paper, but they have yet to be backed up in court (defining EXACTLY what those rights are). In America, after pro-integration laws where passed, it took about 10 years of court cases to solidify things. So that is where we are right now. Fighting tooth and nail for something more than lip-service. It can be discouraging to fight year after year, for things that SHOULD be done, but I really feel that we have no choice. There really iisn't a good substitute for what she is getting in the regular classrooom.