On the eve of the IEP meeting

Tomorrow is the annual IEP meeting for my son.  I have always been very lucky to have amazing IEP teams with the Tacoma School District.  I have read and heard so many stories from parents fighting with the schools about caring for their children.  I’ve never had to fight for anything for CJ.  All I’ve ever had to do was ask.

I am especially excited for the meeting tomorrow.  The staff is building a program based on his IEP – as it should be – but not for where he is, but where he will be.  In the last two months, we’ve stepped up the expectations for CJ – more age appropriate or “grown up” behavior demonstrated and encouraged – and he’s met the challenge and exceeded our expectations every time.  For the first time in a very long time, I have so much hope for him – which gives me hope for me.  Our individual independence is linked.  We both have to let go together – and that’s happening.

I am quite blessed in so many ways.


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Pearl Manhattan

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