In this Issue
A publication of
for Families & Others Interested in
Down Syndrome & Developmental Disabilites
Keep Your Eye on the Prize!
Communicating Means Success
Volume 7, Issue 1
Keep Your Eye on the Prize!.............1
Communication in IEP Meetings
Letter from the Editor.........................2
Spring is Here; Summer’s
on the Way!
Team Up for Solutions!...................3
A “Stranger” Among Us: Hiring
In-Home Support for a Child with
Autism Spectrum Disorders or
Other Neurological Differences
Continued on page 5
Special Education guarantees
every eligible child a free and
appropriate public education. It
also requires that the education
be accomplished through specially
designed curriculum modified from
the genereal education curriculum
to meet the unique learning style of
that child. It is a great concept. It is
simple to understand.
IDEA is a promise as much as
it is a law. It is a promise full of
egalitarianism and hope. It is a
promise of optimism.
Why, then, are so many parents,
students, and educators frustrated
and angry so much of the time?
Why do so many carefully crafted
plans fail to deliver their educational
Why is this so hard? What happens
t hat too of ten sidel ines and
complicates the ingenious simplicity
that underlies the law? Is someone at
fault? If so, who?
My belief is that damage can,
and often is, done to children in
special education when adults
feud over them. The significance
of our children’s education and
happiness is too important to lose
in a blame-game made-up and
played by adults.
What happened to good faith and
What can we, as parent advocates,
do to improve the situation? Is there
a crucial step that we are missing?
Have we done all we possibly can
C o m m u n i c a t i o n a t I E P
Meetings is Crucial
Families have asked me to be their
advocate in over 200 IEP meetings.
Those invitations come from families