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Posted by Carolyn on May 26, 2000 at 00:03:05:

Hi Brandi,

I read your info about your daughter re her school
placement, that is, trainable class more appropriate
than educable for her. I'm writing to help you a bit,
if I can. You mentioned that she enjoys academic
computer games, yet you seem to be satisfied with
a school program that you describe as working on
feeding skills and shoe-tying. I'm only suggesting
that there may be a happy medium where your daughter
can progress according to her own unique skills instead
of in what sounds like a less flexible program where
all educable (EMH) classes are considered the same.
Also, you know as her parent you have absolute discretion as to where she is placed and if you were
aware of her unhappiness and they wouldn't listen to
you it is your right to challenge her placement at
the state level and to seek counsel, if necessary.
I don't know where you live, but I live in New Jersey.
My son is in a full-inclusion 2nd grade where the
curriculum is modified to fit his skills. He is doing
great and the other children (and regular ed teachers)
are benefitting from his being there. I had to
advocate (and still have to) on his behalf, but there
are independent inclusion consultants who can support
you and educate your school board. Best of luck to
you. You sound like a great Mom.

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