I've spent the last few weeks advocating with the school system to make sure the proper supports are in place for my son to be able to succeed at school.
He has Sensory Processing Disorder, which affects his brain's ability to process visual, auditory, and emotional stimuli. Loud noises & bright lights can be physically painful to him and it affects his ability to focus and communicate. He was born 3 months early and only weighed a pound. When I remember back six years ago, helplessly watching him endure so many medical procedures in the loud environment of the NICU, I marvel at the miracle of how wonderful he is doing. But he still has much to overcome.
He has been having a hard time, and after several tries, we are hoping that a transfer will be approved for him to attend a slightly smaller, less sensory overwhelming school.
As as an adult adoptee and Mother of a child with special needs, (living it so close right now that I can't even come close to capturing the resulting emotions), it was a treat to read Amanda's post below.
Unfortunately,(especially for those disenfranchised within a system of "experts" who lack personal experience of the needs and rights of those they "serve"), many life-stories never get written except within.
It is with great hope that so many are writing about these issues...educating.
There is a time to stand up.
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