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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
5:33 pm
I'm looking into some information for my friend Robin on a situation that's happening with her little sister.

Her little sister is 6 years old and in grade 1, in a regular classroom in Catholic school. She was diagnosed as ("severe") Autism Disorder when she was a toddler, and in the past year, she was able to attend school regularly with an IEP and an EA (Educational Assistant, aka, a one-on-one aid). She got along well with that EA.

Sometime last year, the school was asking for more documentation of her diagnosis, even though the documentation that was provided the previous year was enough for her IEP. The school was needing the further documentation for her IEP, her EA and a special assistitive technology laptop.

The family got documentation from their family doctor and held meetings with the school, which resolved that particular issue.

However, this year, her sister no longer has the EA that she got along with so well, and has a new EA who doesn't seem to be actually helping the sister. She and the EA do not get along, and it has gotten to the point that she does not want to go to school.
The school, now, wants her to go to a different school, because they do not want to provide her with further help to find a different EA.

As it is, Robin's sister was working up to attending school full-time, but now her education plan as been completely disrupted. From what I can see, if the school gets its way, either Robin's sister remains with her dysfunctional EA and descends into meltdown and behavioural problems, or else is forced to start again in a different school, which, as you know, can be traumatic.

Now, the question is, is the school allowed to do this, and what can the family do?

Does anyone with knowledge of Canadian education laws know anything that we can do about this?

Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
11:56 am
Assignment Yggdrasil
(cross posted)

My first published novel is for sale. The novel is in the genre of social science fiction. One of the themes is criticism of psychiatry.
Here is the documentation.
Author: Chris Dubey. Title: "Assignment Yggdrasil." Place of publication: Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom. Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing Ltd. Date: 2008.
The Web page is below. It includes a description of the plot, a biography, and an abstract of the book.
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
4:06 pm
Name that Psychiatric Illogic!
A game to test each player's ability to identify common logical fallacies and cognitive biases in psychiatric beliefs.

Web address: 
5:08 pm
Hiya everyone.

Starting from Tuesday, I will be working one day a week away from the office (thank the lord) with the 'people we support' doing Arts and Crafts. I work for a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. This can range from autism to downs to more profound disabilities so, let's say, some people are more 'able' than others. I am hoping at the end of it all to host an exhibition where their parents, support workers and social workers can come and see what they have achieved. My main goal is to encourage confidence.

I'm currently trying to find a website that can help me with some activities/projects what they can really get into. I've found a couple regarding art therapy but I will be there for 3 months so 6 projects aren't enough! I bought some books today and I am hoping to have a look and make plans from them but I am wondering whether anyone knows of any websites that actually deal with activities for people with a learning disability - I have no idea what to google!

Any help, suggestions for past experiences are welcome. This is very new for me, I'm just the PR girl trying to break away from the 4 walls of my office! Also, any tips at all will be great - I have only supported people a handful of times.

Saturday, January 26th, 2008
6:53 pm
Connecticut Chapter of the Mad Students Society
Event: Weekly meeting of the Mad Students Society (no connection to Scientology)
Date: Fridays at 2 p.m., starting February 1, 2008
Location: Wesleyan University, Exley Science Center, Science Library , ‎265 Church Street, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459, telephone: 8606852860
Contact: Chris Doobie, deontological libertarian and friend of survivors of involuntary psychiatric treatment, telephone: 8603240722, email address: chrisdubey@hotmail.com.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
11:25 am
Just joined
I just came over from the autism community. I don't believe there is a cure possible for autism, but I'm not angry at those who do think there might be at some point. I do want to help my son to interact in the world as much as he comfortably can without changing who he is as a person, so I think this will be a good community for me to be in. :)
1:46 am
Wanting a safe place
Where I can discuss the joys and challenges of raising a beautiful awesome boy who has autism without being slapped in the face by those seeking to cure their children, where I can gain insight to his world through the sharing of adults who have autism, by hearing of the good and the bad that they have faced. I want a place where others who have just been told that their child has autism can find that there is another option to what the 'experts' say, that they don't have to squash their child's uniqueness and that often times the "experts" can cause more harm than good.

I hope this can be that place.
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