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A New Year


I purposely did not entitle this post “Happy New Year” because it seemed disingenuous. I have tried not to make this blog a political one, but the election result has put our vulnerable special needs community in jeopardy, and the word “happy” does not seem to correlate well with our future.

Up until the election and since my last post in April, I have been on social media to an obsessive degree, leaving my blog behind. I did my best to advocate for the candidates that can do the most for us, who have compassion for those in need, and who have the best interests of our country at heart. To me, the failure was like a death to which the five stages of grief have applied. I am still a bit lost somewhere among those stages, but I’ve found that concentrating on my family has helped.

Getting back to my blog is the first step I’ve taken to reach out. Again, I do not wish to make my content political, but when politics affects children with special needs, I feel the need to speak out. In fact, right now, the Supreme Court is about to make a decision that will affect our schools’ commitment to serve our children appropriately. With an evenly split court, we cannot even be sure a decision will be made; and, with a new judicial appointee, we may indeed suffer a setback.

The 2018 mid-term elections will come upon us quickly. We will have another chance to choose representatives that care about the most vulnerable among us. I intend to help in that fight by informing everyone who should be invested in it. Even if it is two years from now, I want to be able to write, “Happy New Year” and mean it.

Self-Esteem and Inclusion in the Classroom

According to IDEA (The Individuals with Disability Education Act), assigning children to the least restrictive environment (LRE) is a mandate with flexibility. It does not require that a child is “mainstreamed” if it is not in the child’s best interests. How that is determined, however, may not give proper weight to the issue of self-esteem. A parent whose… Continue Reading


I disappeared abruptly leaving no explanation. It was about five years ago. I didn’t mean to abandon anyone, but I do admit the anonymity of the internet made leaving much easier. So, for the readers who followed my blog – if you happen to come across it now, my sincere apologies. If you are interested you can read… Continue Reading