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So I know Elizabeth is 21 years old.

I know that she is in a college program and doing well.

I also know that we communicated all the information about her disorders of Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) to those working with her.

But what I also know is that due to her special needs, the work done at the beginning of the year, is just that….a beginning.

She came home from her first day at college telling me that things were a bit “crazy” that day, but she had a good day.

We talked about the things that made it crazy. All of these crazy things she said were in line with a typical first day of really anything new.

But it’s just this kind of evaluation that I know will be part of each day and all events of the year.

I have learned early on in this journey with Elizabeth, that no matter how much you communicate, no matter how much you advocate for your child and pretty much no matter how much you feel like you did everything you can for them to succeed for the new year, you will still need to evaluate and analyze.

Quite often.

The communication- Are the daily sheets coming home? Are they filled out well.

The activities- Is your child in the resource room too much? Are they following the things you agreed on?

The school work- Are the accommodations in place? Are they being followed?

And more…

But something else that I realized early on in our journey is that these things we evaluate and analyze are simply going to be part of our life and journey and to see them not as things I HAVE to do, but to see them as things that I NEED to do to help my daughter succeed.

So I look at her daily sheets and we talk.

I look at her work and we talk.

I text and email those who work with her and we talk.

I know that what I do for her matters and makes the journey so much smoother.

Seeing what you need to do in the right light is what I learned early on and what I just wanted to share today.

I had someone say to me, just the other day ” I don’t know how you do it, Michele”  and truthfully, those words were ones that  hurt  years ago.  But now when I hear them, I think….

I know how I do it.

I do it because it is our journey.

It is her life.

And I know about all of us who love a special needs child, we would do ANYTHING, EVERYDAY, because we know it matters.

I hope someone could use these thoughts today.

I wish everyone a peaceful week.

Michele Gianetti author of “I Believe In You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”

 

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Gabriela McCall Delgado - Special Needs EssentialsMeet Gabriela McCall Delgado:

As a college student with learning disabilities and ADD, Gabriela McCall Delgado saw a need to help more students like herself connect with one another about issues regarding high school, higher education, and employment. It all started when she was looking for information regarding accommodations that colleges and universities may have had available for students with disabilities.

Realizing that there was no comprehensive place to obtain this kind of information, Delgado began brainstorming on how to change that when she was only in high school. She had the idea of a centralized place to direct people to individual websites with particular information for special needs populations.

We Connect Now:

In 2008, Delgado would conceive a solution to the problem and become a social activist right after heading to college at Juniata College of Environmental Science in Huntingdon, Penn. As a freshman, she received enough grant money (from Young People For) to fund a website and launch We Connect Now, a platform that helps students with disabilities engage with one another, empowering them for a life of success. It informs protected students looking into going to colleges and universities as regular degree seeking students on accommodations and the rights under existing law.

After a year, Delgado decided she wanted to attend a larger university, so she enrolled in her father’s former school, Louisiana State University. As a Philosophy major with a concentration in Religious Studies, the busy student still somehow managed to maintain We Connect Now website, that has now reached people in over 171 countries.

One day at a time:

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Delgado devotes much of her time to growing her business, but she doesn’t stop there. When she’s not busy bringing people together through We Connect Now, she’s working with women who have been victims of domestic violence. For Delgado, it’s all about improving the quality of the world we live in in any way she can, one day at a time.

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