Brighter Futures for Children with Autism

In an ideal world, children go to school, learn, grow up and become educated and independent adults. Parents do not worry about whether their children are normal or not. They do not have children with a disability, but other parents might. It is a rude awakening to suspect your child may have a disability. Some disabilities are quite apparent and visible from the very beginning, while others are hidden and sneak up like a thief in the night. Parents must face the possibility of disabilities, and be armed with knowledge of assessment if suspect of it arises. With timely and proper intervention, a child has a greater chance of success in the real world. Many sources provide valued information for helping children and parents get on the right path, for the promise of a brighter future!

Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney, (Wright & Darr Wright 2007), describes in significant detail case studies regarding the importance of proper testing for learning disabled children. It provides valuable information for parental concerns for children with disabilities. Testing and measuring for teachers, parents, advocates and the legal system are some main topics on this subject. Rights and testing results determine eligibility and intensity of education needed for learning disabled children. Sometimes the parents involved the legal system in if they do not feel like they are getting fair treatment for their child, but many are approaching legal action without supportive evidence or enough knowledge about interpreting test scores to back up their argument. Urgency often sets a parent in motion to blame the shortfalls in the educational program when their child fails to make adequate academic progress.

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  • Anne Barbano says:

    Sometimes the parents involved the legal system in if they do not feel like they are getting fair treatment for their child, but many are approaching legal action without supportive evidence or enough knowledge about interpreting test scores to back up their argument. (Important point- what can parents do to remedy this?)

  • I am learning about advocacy in the school system for my child. He’s in pre-school now, and what really rubs me is there is always the issue of funding which affects these kids right to just being able to have a basic education. I appreciate your blog post and the need to be an educated parent as to what the rights are for our children, and how to properly advocate for them in order for them to achieve their potential, regardless as to the economy. IMHO, make cuts to other areas and fund the programs for the special need kids. Encourage all students to have compassion “for the least of these”. Athletics, music, etc. are important, but do fundraisers to help support such programs if necessary. Special needs kids shouldn’t be disregarded in their need to have a free and appropriate education. It’s the law, after all, and one I support.

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