I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. ~ Audrey Hepburn
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon
“In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Being a Mother is learning about strengths that you didn't know you had and fears that you didn't know exhisted ~ Linda Wooten
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. ~ William James
So, the reason for the lack of posting the last few weeks is that I relocated my children to Pittsburgh, PA so that my son could attend DePaul School for the Deaf. When I originally toured the school, I was in tears. Every student in the Kindergarten classroom had either a cochlear implant or a hearing aid. Each child introduced themselves to me VERBALLY! In addition, they were all working on math problems and vocalized the math equation they were working on. I stood there in stunned silence, because those children were doing exactly what I wanted my son to be doing. I spoke with the Director and told her to sign me up! She told me that while they are a "private school" they receive state funding so I would have to get authorization from what would be his home school district. When I originally contacted the school district, I was basically shut down and told to give up. Due to new law, the school district would never go for it. I became enraged. The thought of six years of trying to do everything for my son, I felt like there was finally a light at the end of the road that was no longer a train. Then it seemed like the door was slammed in my face. Well, there are a few of you that know me well enough to know that was not acceptable to me. So I did not take no for an answer. After a few very tense days before we came here, everything worked out extremely well, actually better than I could have imagined. We met with the School District on Monday and they authorized him to not only go to DePaul, but they put him on the fast track to start the following week, even though it cause a huge amount of extra work for them. Anthony is starting at DePaul on Monday and I have to tell you that I am so impressed with the school and the staff at DePaul that it literally brings a tear to my eye. During our tour on Thursday, all of the staff that we spoke to seemed to know who Anthony was without ever having met him before. Each person that we encountered in the school seemed genuinely happy and glad to be there. On Friday, we had our IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting with the school district and DePaul, which was very helpful for me, because now I have a sense of control because I have in writing what my expectations of the school are. After the IEP meeting with Anthony's home school district and DePaul I finally after so many years feel like there are people who are willing and able to help my son and that I was really not in this on my own anymore. Thank you DePaul!! I just can't say enough wonderful things about the school and I will be your biggest supporter even after Anthony is long gone from the school.
I am the mother of a deaf child who wants to help people not have the difficult time that I did in trying help their child.