Antipathy Between School Districts and Parents of Autistic Children
Feeling left behind: One mother of an Autistic child, numerous school districts, and the strong antipathy between them.
• The nurse gave us a remarkably hard time over Z’s gluten free diet. Apparently "The Autism Diet" isn’t something they have to follow.
• Z was incessantly bullied at school.
• The students eat their lunches in a trailer parked beside the school without a physical connection to the school building.
Eventually my only choice was to make his lunch every day, contact an autism advocate, and update myself on a new state’s IEP laws.
I’ll give the districts I’ve dealt with a little break seeing as though I’m impossible to deal with in an IEP meeting or phone conference that’s not going how it should; however the quandary with schools, school districts, and school systems isn’t isolated to just 3 states or to the borders of this nation. This is a global issue. Despite what may be thought: filing a “Citizen’s Complaint for Due Process” doesn’t always work even though it is suppose too. I queried a large autism support group vis-à-vis school issues. While some parents declared they’re in a fantastic school district--a larger percentage told horror stories.
There were numerous bad stories from each location:
• West Virginia
• New York
• South Carolina
• Rhode Island
• South Africa
Their Chief Complaints:
• Refusal to Follow IEP
• Unprofessional Conduct
• Unqualified Teachers
• Unacceptable Placements
• Refusal to Send Home Work
• No Child Left Behind Left Their Child Far Behind
Parents shouldn’t have to fight this hard for a fundamental right of their child. Our children being conferred an education that befits their cognitive abilities is crucial to this countries growth, to any countries growth. Look at the prevalence numbers—they’re higher than we ever dreamed. One day all those “numbers” will be autistic adults, then what do we do? I don’t know what the resolution will be concerning the schools; however I am certain it’ll start with parents like you speaking out against the school systems as a whole, loudly making it known that we won’t stand for this any longer. Even if you homeschool your child, you have a voice: we all have a voice, use them!
After all, you know what they say about parents of autistic children: If the school officials don’t clinch up when they see you coming than you’re doing something wrong.