Like most parents, I never expected that my child would have special needs. The terms special needs, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc. were unfamiliar to me. That changed in 1999 with my beautiful baby boy. He was extra special.
Over the years, I dealt with speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and paediatricians. I learned about IEPs, accommodations, disabilty, inclusion and differentiated learning. The boy and I waited for appointments with specialists. We struggled with teachers about homework, testing and differentiated learning.
I learned a lot from my experiences and my legal background helped me advocate for the services my son needed. Through this blog, I want to help you by sharing what I learned and:
- news and medical information related to special needs, special education and disabilities
- practical tips for dealing with different situations such as school meetings, homework and travel
- special education advocacy
I live in Ireland, but grew up in Boston. I studied Journalism and Politics & Government for my college degree. Then, I went to law school and earned my Juris Doctorate. After receiving my law degree, I worked as a litigation attorney for ten years in Boston. I also have certificates in Disability Studies, Negotiation, Training and Working with Students with Special Educational Needs.
Now, I live with my wonderful son and our three cats. I teach advocacy skills to parents of children with special needs.
I hope you find this blog helpful and welcome all comments and suggestions.
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