Tootsie182's Journal

A Mom with a Misson

Good Day,

I am new at this but here goes.Let me make a dissclaimer  a year ago I was in a severe car accident which left me a little brain damage.Not real severe but I cannot spell well and my dyslexia stands out.Enough about the bad stuff.

I am a mother of a 31 year old who in her short life has to come through so many obstacles.She was a pedi epileptic,dyslexic and wore coke bottle lenses at 2years old.We managed to survive those years and count our blessings.When you have a special needs child you are told constantly what they cannot do.I refused to listen to the nots and focused on the cans.Leigh,my daughter,had not read  Dr.Spook.She was unaware that she was a little delayed in some areas.That was a good thing! My daughter could  anything she wanted to and excel at her own rate.The true test came with schools.Schools in Texas tend to teach to the middle or to the severely gifted. Children like Leigh  that were all over the tables were going to fall through the cracks.Thats what are the "experts" told me.Not on my watch .Leigh was entitled to have the best because she was Leigh.

Thus I began my mission.Putting my professional career on hold,so that Leigh's education was my top priority.I began learning laws that assured all children the best public education that could not be determined by the students disability or by lack ofd funds.I became so knowledgeable that the school district feared me ,but teachers loved me.I only wanted what my child was entiltled too.I became the guardian angel for all special need children.That was the most rewarding time in my life.Children recived programes that they would not have  had if I did not fight for them.They received all their therapies.The district new I ment business.Within 12 years my little district became one of the most outstanding districts for special ed.We became very progressive offering programmes that were only availablle in very exclusive private schools.

My daughter graduated in 1999 with honors.On the stage with her was everyone who gave a darn.She went on to college.

The reason I felt the need to write this piece of information is because sometimes we need to be reminded that not everyone marches to the beat of the same drummer.Lets take pride in our differences.Remember when its your child  please look through Rose Colored Glasess.

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Apr. 9, 2011 at 12:32 AM Very well said in my opinion! Congratulations. I deal with seizures so I understand some of where you are coming from. Take Care.

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Apr. 10, 2011 at 2:02 PM

You go Mama, Yes we all march to the beat of a different drummer, And I for one am glad we do.  This world needs people that are not just going to follow the heard.

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