Right hand, meet left hand

There is nothing more frustratingly entertaining than the ineptitude of our local school district.  They suffer from a lot of maladies, including the inability to communicate.  Within the same specialty area.  Amazing.

As I have written about a few times already, and will continue to do so, our school district refuses to define autism as a disability.  Furthermore, they insist on having one of their psychologists observe Kaitlyn to determine services, even though we have received a clinical diagnosis already.  Sounds like doubling-up, right?  I thought so, too.

Just for fun, I called the Early Childhood Services office today to try to make an appointment; they are mostly filled for the rest of the year, and the nice lady said that if we do not get in this school year for me to start the process at Kaitlyn’s school on day one in the fall, and stay on student services until we are taken care of.  That’s something I can do, no problem…I am good at being persistent.  As we talked more, the fact that we already have a diagnosis came up.  The lady then pointed out that if we were to provide the diagnosis to the school psychologist assigned to Kaitlyn’s school (each psychologist has 5-7 schools they cover), they would read the report and use that to determine services needed.  And if more observation was needed, they would let us know then.

This flies right in the face of what the school board claims is required.  If anything, I was told, the district would rather do it our way because it saves them money.  And in times of tight budgets and governors cutting education funding, districts are looking for any way to save money.  Makes sense.

I find it funny that the office that schedules observations and determines service needs will accept an outside diagnosis, but the main ESE office claims otherwise.  Is this some sort of sick joke?  Attention Leon County School District, you have, among many other problems, a communication problem.  Please, for the sake of the kids in our county, get your stuff together.  Communication is not that hard to do well.


2 responses

  1. That’s crazy! Ugh. We are at a different school and our guidance counselor told us the exact same thing. That the report we provided (at the teacher’s suggestion) after working forever to get a diagnosis, doesn’t mean anything. That it’s a “medical diagnosis, not an educational diagnosis.” Um. What? And now part of the district is saying something different? Geez, Louise. Keep us updated! We’ll join in the noise-making. =)

  2. […] from department to department as to what they will accept to classify a student as autistic and eligible for services.  I learned that if you present open minded, intelligent people with opportunities to learn about […]

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