“Special” Education? “Special” Needs?
What’s so special about segregation, not having friends, or having to prove that you can eat lunch at the same table as your peers? Who among us hasn’t heard of the kid who has to work their way up to being with their typically-developing classmates? And how many families do you know who have to forego going to family gatherings, stores, and can’t go about their daily lives because of lack of support?
That’s what typically goes on with special programs or services. And many times parents and families have a hard time navigating those special services while making sure that the services are: 1) the right fit for the person with a disability and 2) are of maximum support for not only the person with disabilities but the entire family.
I started GPS Advocacy, a nationwide advocacy service for families who have loved one with disabilities, for this reason.