I called a mid-year IEP meeting for Abe (18 yo, PDD, ADHD) to discuss his math placement for next year. It took over a month, maybe closer to 2, for the school district to be able to schedule the meeting. But of course, life hasn't been normal in my family for a long time- neither when I originally asked for the meeting, nor now. But at least I'm only working part time so, for a change, I have the time to attend the meeting without taking time off.
I had all my ducks lined up in a row. I had talked to the advocate, and while she wasn't coming with me, she had given me a list of talking points to work from. But first all of the boarding school staff had to give their reports, as this was also the annual progress report meeting. I of course jumped in at several points to help people remember why we were REALLY there.
After they all had spoken, I said that it sounded like we all were in agreement that Abe would be well served by taking a class on one of the local college campuses. Heads were nodding; I had agreement.
So how are we going to make this work?
While, not exactly the story of this book, it's true that the devil (and the problems) are in the details. The school system said that you couldn't pay for this; I said okay. What I really wanted was their approval and the concurrence of the boarding school to make this work.
The biggest problem is going to be how to get him to the local campus to actually take the class. I suggested that I leave a car at the boarding school. They didn't really like this idea, but it started a whole flood of ideas rolling around in their heads- "I remember that we once did...". "there is a train very near Prospect St. (the off-campus house for socially advanced students) and the next stop up the line is the local college", maybe we could do "car therapy"- where the therapist drives him the approx. 15 minutes and charges that as therapy time,....
So Abe and I are going to pick a few classes that he would like to take and over the next few months we are all going to figure out how to make this work- and to get him acclimated to this. I'll probably utilize the advocate for some of this (ka-ching).
But, wow, what a successful IEP (ish) meeting!! And if Abe settles into BSC, then it's a good choice for a 4 year college, too!