Searching Into The Destiny For A Child With Autism

In theory, the vision statement is a lovely idea — an opportunity for parents to articulate the optimistic future they envision for their child five years down the road.
He has autism and, as any parent of a child with significant special needs knows, the yearly team meeting to develop the I.E.P.
PhotoThis is the great challenge parents face in these yearly meetings: You’re fighting for teachers to help your child work toward a future that, with every year, feels as if it’s growing narrower and bleaker.
A future as a singer was far-fetched, I knew, but I wrote it as a way of saying: Ethan does have abilities.
For 18 years, I’ve dreaded the yearly ritual of writing a “vision statement” for an Individualized Education Plan, or I.E.P., for our son, Ethan.

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