[blindkid] Success with our IEP!
blindchildren at verizon.net
Sun Apr 4 01:06:04 UTC 2010
Fantastic news, Doreen! This is a real victory for Torrie!
Carol Castellano, President
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
carol_castellano at verizon.net
At 05:12 PM 4/3/2010, you wrote:
>Hi to all,
>I wanted to give everyone an update on our year-long battle with our
>district over instruction in cane for our daughter. We put a cane in
>her hand, had some instruction and an independent eval at the
>convention in Detroit ... but nothing from our district. The O&M
>(himself legally blind who does not use a cane) reported that Torrie
>did not need O&M, not even protective techniques !!!!
>It has been a year of trying to get instruction in cane for Torrie,
>but we finally HAVE IT!!!! We had an independent evaluation done and
>the evaluator saw a lot of things with Torrie -- how she was walking
>with her head down, missing other children's requests to play with
>her and other important social things, and her being unsafe with her
>head down. We finished our meeting Wednesday with the school
>district and she will begin to receive 60-120 minutes per week of
>instruction in cane, along with other vision goals.
>It has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but God has put a
>parent trainer in our path who has guided us thru this last year.
>Finally, Torrie will have formal cane training! What an awesome
>miracle this is!!! She has had the tact to deal with our district
>and we have followed the "route" of the district, which included mediation.
>Now, we are making great strides with our district personnel. There
>are several other families that I am also helping, along with the
>parent trainer, to help encourage and support them. Just "knowing"
>there is another family who will walk beside you is a huge huge
>blessing! Because of all we have beeen thru, I enrolled in the
>masters program for VI at FL State University. There were several
>items of information that were handy in the meeting !!!!
>I told Torrie she would be getting cane instruction and computer and
>she is dancing around the house, saying "YES" ... this from a 5-1/2
>yr old!!!! She knows she is not safe without instruction in cane.
>Still working on the protective techniques but I believe that will
>be added - per the district administrator who was at our 2 meetings
>(first was to review evals, 2nd was to write the IEP).
>Hubby and I knew in our gut that this kid needed cane instruction
>and we followed that thru the district. I will be teaching her
>Braille when I am taking it ... so that isn't even on the table. She
>is going into kindergarten and I am leaving it up to the teacher to
>see that she "cannot see" the fonts that they will be putting in
>front of her. Again, we have to let the system work, and
>unfortunately, she will have to fail. I do believe the teachers will
>have an "extra" eye on her because of this last year!
>We hope that all of you have a great Easter!
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