Tomorrow is the day I finally have a meeting about getting an IEP or 504 plan for my son. Because he has a neurological condition I am pushing for an IEP. The district is of course wanting a 504. I admit I am still fuzzy on the difference. Sometimes I am so sure I get the differences and other times it is just a bunch of mixed up words. I am so grateful that I have and advocate going to the meeting who can help me understand what is going on and to make sure P gets a good education.
I met with the educational advocate yesterday and I waled out of that three hour meeting ready to go. If only I could have had the meeting with the 504 committee then I would have done great. Now as reread my notes I am wondering why I wrote this or that and why is that word circled. It is amazing how much a difference a day makes.
I got a phone call from the school psychologist he wanted the meeting to be earlier in the day. I have to admit he seemed a bit thrown off when I mentioned I had an advocate coming to ht meeting so it depended on her schedule. To be honest I was a bit annoyed by the request. It is less than 24 hours until the meeting. Just because I am a stay at home mom doesn't mean I don't have set plans. Of course I don't. The plans I have revolve around the 504 meeting and are flexible. I am just to accommodating.
This is my first step into the realm of special education. Last year I was told that he was to smart for special education and I let that comment fester for over a year. I know he needs accommodations, I just am unsure of what they are and how to get them. That is why I called the educational advocate. Still I am worried about tomorrow. I hope I don't let them push me into a plan I don't want or understand.
I have been told to watch out for the school district, make sure the advocate doesn't push to hard for things he doesn't need. Watch out for this and watch out for that. I have prepared as best I can, or did I. Could I have done more homework and preparation? Should I have called the advocate sooner? How will all of this affect him? Tomorrow is such a big day. I hope I don't blow it.