Tuesday is our journey group night. I have found that it is so easy as a special needs family to become isolated. It’s very hard to bring our boys to other people houses for several reasons a) we are a large family so I always feel as if we are an invading army b) my kids are much more comfortable in their own environment where they know the rules (even if they don’t always follow them) and expectations c) in the past people have been put off by some of our kids stimming behaviors- it made us a little gun shy. To avoid the isolation we have people over at our home. It has worked out great!!! I love to entertain, my kids (and honestly my husband as well) are more comfortable and thus more willing to engage in social interaction, and people grow to accept our uniqueness more easily when they see it in context. Our house has now become the party house. It is not uncommon for us to have 70 people crammed in. My kids have places to go if it all becomes overwhelming and they actually ask when we are going to have people over if we go several weeks without company!!!! What a change. Have I said how much I love this stage of our lives?!?
Tuesday was also my SEPAC meeting (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee). I have had some serious issues with the educating of my SPED boys here in rural TX. I am outspoken about this which has earned me several adversaries. At the SEPAC meeting I was informed of the “new” direction the SPED program here in Anna is taking next year. I ,being the independent thinker I am, raised some serious concerns about the future of our program. I did not receive the answers I was hoping to. I see more battles on my horizon. Next year may get interesting. Several good things came out of the meeting though. The group of women that are on this committee are awesome, each completely committed to seeing the best for their own children and the children of our community. We are establishing a resource library for the members of our community to utilize, have dates booked for SPED parents to come have dinner and hear various expert speakers address the issues we all face as special needs families and we are planning our first Disability Awareness Fair in Oct. We are going to have all kinds of fun for the whole family and will have information to make the general population of our community more aware and accepting of people with disabilities. I am totally stoked about all of this, can you tell?!?