We are going to have a party for Lauren since she does get to take part in commencement with her class! Okay, we had already decided that we were going to party no matter what happened with that because she deserves to have a party just as much as all the rest of the high school seniors do.
This does not mean that the drama of this affair is over though. It simply means that the school district has agreed to let her participate and we do have a transition plan that I think will work for her. We may need to make some adjustments along the way, but that is okay. We have a place to begin.
It has taken 10 months to get where we are now, that is far to long and she has missed out on things. When we decided to take on this issue it was not only for Lauren, it was for all of the students and families who will be in this place down the road. I do not want other students and their families to be stuck in limbo or having to choose between inclusion and transition services. I do not have anything in writing to help families, all I got was "we will have to look at this individually". That is not going to work here. This will all happen again so I guess I am going to have to look into getting the law changed in this state to deal with this. Getting that done is a long process so I guess I will have plenty to do for quite some time and then maybe we will have to have another party when we succeed.