Right now we are in the land of the what if's. What if he doesn't qualify for assistance from the government? What if he wants to go to college? What if he doesn't want to live with us? As a parent, I finding I am needing to shift from focusing on from telling everyone how able my son is to how disabled he is. That is difficult and in a strange way feels like a betrayal of my son. I wrestle with this a lot.
I have included links through out to articles I have found helpful or depressing depending how you look at it.
First week of school rough. Started the week with no electricity, first day the bus forgot him, and he forgot lunch the next day and never told anyone. Refuses to go to a couple of classes. So in other words, it is business as usual
Adult, Autistic, and Ignored
ADHD Symptoms Can Delay Autism Diagnosis - This is exactly what happened in my son's case. He has an ADHD diagnosis since pre kindy but didn't receive autism diagnosis until middle school.
Attended a Autism Support Group through ARC. It was helpful. Thinking about applying for DDA and the need for a medical power attorney. There was a lot of food for thought here.
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Attended another Autism Support Group
IEP Meeting - hmmm finally might offer him transition services instead of diploma. Meet in March/April again to discuss transition. Of course nothing is in writing.
High School Sets Up Autistic Kids to Fail in College Lots of food for thought here.
Heard back from the DDD (DDA) and my son is eligible but on the no paid services que.
Whose CHOICE is it Anyway
Autism is Really a Super Power