February 13, 2013 § 7 Comments
Today I shared a milestone with two very special companions, my husband and son. Together we met with our son’s principal, special education coordinator, teacher representative, speech therapist, social worker, and aide to review this year’s academic experiences and outline our goals for the coming year. This was the first time our son accompanied us to his annual Individualized Education Program.
Prior to our meeting I diagrammed the room where we would meet, marking who would be in attendance and most likely where they might sit. I wrote our son into the picture, too, before outlining the process of introductions and formalities. I was prepared for my son’s voice, but the sight of his deliberate signature on the list of participants in attendance was a source of pride. His pen stroke centered him in a significant moment, a beginning that he will reference for years as he joins us in mapping his future.
Sitting between my husband and son I cast a silent note of thanks into the air around us. On this day we were a team within a team; a room of invested and inspired individuals working together in harmony for a young man with big dreams and endless potential.