I have learned over the years that I need to be the voice.
The voice of reason. At times the voice of begging. Perhaps even the voice of demanding.
I know that I was chosen to have my daughter with autism so that I could be that voice. Not just for her, but for the ones that come after her.
I sat in a meeting yesterday to be that voice, I learned that data hadn’t been collected and I heard the endless excuses. The lack of compliance to her IEP was revealed.
I questioned. I asked for data. I referred to the IEP and emails. I was prepared. I advocated. I reminded them she has rights. I challenged the “program that doesn’t do that” to her needs determined per her IEP. I was solid.
And in the end, changes will be made. Starting today.
And for those that come after, they too will walk along the road that my girl and I paved yesterday.