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Dear Respected Political Leaders,

Thank you for the time and consideration you dedicate to issues that affect our families. I am writing today regarding the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - H.R. 1350.

I am an extremely grateful, yet concerned grandmother and guardian of a child with very special needs. My grandson will be 7 years old next month. He has several conditions including a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Speech and Language Delays, Fine Motor Delays, Social Delays, and difficulties with Visual-Spatial Processing.

A couple years back, the rest of our IEP team was considering placing him outside of his home school and our district into a self contained facility for behavioral disordered children.

However, thanks to the awesome rights currently protecting our children, I was able to convince the rest of the team to reconsider. I couldn't have been an effective advocate without our clear and strong parent and child rights. When the team re-convened, they quickly changed their decision.

My grandson is currently in the Least Restrictive Environment possible…he is at his home school in a multi-age/multi needs classroom with an aid…his teachers and school therapist all agree he had such a successful year he will be mainstreamed for one-two subjects next year!

I’m so ecstatic with his overall success we built a website For Children With Special Needs (www.fcwsn.com). I’m also serving on our school district’s web development team focusing my efforts on Special Education.

But, I feel the rug being pulled from beneath us as I read all the concerns over the proposed Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - H.R.1350.

I understand the current way may be cumbersome at times for the adults involved…but IDEA keeps us all on our toes for the child(ren)'s short and long term goals and progress…it also encourages communication and accountability between parents and providers.

My mom had a saying..."without clear rules and time constraints some will stray, some will lay, and some will nay"...we can't afford to let young fruitful minds go unnourished and unfocused as adults decide whether or not it's timely or appropriate to meet regarding the needs of our children.

Please consider the very special needs of our very special children before proceeding with the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - H.R. 1350.

Thank you!

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