I had a discussion with a client today that went something like this:
- Client: “I’ve about had it with this school district! If things don’t get better, I’m going to move.”
- Me: “You’re not moving anywhere, especially until you’ve spoken with me to make sure you’re not going from the frying pan into the fire. Some districts are even worse!”
- Client: “I heard they found water on the moon. Maybe I can get decent special ed services there.”
At first I laughed. This particular mother is a tough cookie, and I have no doubt that she could handle almost anything. In addition, I happen to suspect that her school district might be more intimidated by her than she is by it.
Plus, it was a great, funny, timely comment. I can just picture IDEA Mediation with school districts in a futuristic society. Imagine, the parents of a child with special education needs right here in Connecticut will be requesting speech and language services after fighting for them for years. Finally, the district will offer them…twice a week in a public school in Lunar Regional School District #1027. However, no space suit will be provided to protect against the weightlessness. The choice is, of course, entirely up to the parents.
Once we’d get them to give in on the space suit issue, I’d no doubt be arguing over whether the student was entitled to transportation. To the moon. Which of course would invite the inevitable “we can transport there but not back” discussion.
Humor aside, it got me to thinking…do parents of children with disabilities feel so disenfranchised that they think there is no place on Earth they can find appropriate special education services? Well, not literally, of course. But the statement does say a lot about how deflated parents can feel when battling the special education establishment.
I wonder how long it will take to build courthouses on the moon.