So, it's been a while. . .
Since last we talked, I've experienced multiple life changes, but the strangest one was to leave Indianapolis for , literal, greener pastures. We have returned to small, town USA in Missouri.
First thing I noticed?
Special education here is run from the state. Now, I'm not saying it goes fast; but, already, I see a change in quality of service. Placement decisions must be justified in writing. They are made at the state DOE. Placement is by the numbers. Sure, that could become negative in a borderline situation, where you have a child who seems very abled needing more supports or a parent who really wants inclusion education with a more severe child. I can't be sure what that will look like over time, but the system I see is as well regulated as any I've ever seen.
Other thing I've noticed?
I haven't seen a single Bill or Tim here. Not one. Oh, the bliss.
There are no overpaid, power hungry directors of special education in my life at all! Just one nice lady who fills out applications and helps us work with the state and write an IEP. One nice lady. My heart just skipped a beat.
Do you know what a relief that is? Our lives, literally, felt embattled and under seige. We felt disenfranchised and disconnected from society by our son's disability. Now, I feel like all the other moms. I don't have to march on a school board or storm the state house. I can focus on what my kids need and what I want to do with myself.
The best advice I can give to parents in Indiana is MOVE...now.