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Sent: Monday, July 08, 2002 9:05 AM
Subject: Looking for help
I have been on the Jail4Judges list for quite some
time. I enjoy reading the wonderfully written posts.
I'm mom to a disabled 7 year old in NE Ohio.
Advocating for my son against the school system has become a full time
During the 2000-2001 school year, the retailiation
was unbearable so I threw my hands up and surrendered. I decided that I
would supplement my son's education with private therapies and an individualized
homeschooling plan designed by myself.
But my son needs more help than I can provide and I
need to get back into the game and start strongly advocating for my son's
However, I live in fear of retaliation.
During the 2000-2001 school year, I was not permitted to visit my son's
classroom. When I picked him up from school to go to private therapies,
the police were always in the office and the secretary watched for me.
When I would arrive the secretary would call the classroom and my son was
delivered to me @ the front door.
The more I fought, the worse the retaliation
became. At one point, my son was forbidden to play with his best friend
who was in another kindergarten class.
Until refinancing our home, my husband and I have
not been able to afford an attorney to help us. Complaints to the state
dept of ed and Office of Civil Rights were a waste of time. However, now
that we have the funds to pay for an attorney, we are unable to locate one to
help us. We live in a small rural area and I have been unable to locate an
attorney willing to help us.
How can I fight for my son's educational rights and
protect ourselves from retaliation? Do you know of an attorney in NE Ohio
who can help us? School starts at the end of August and I'm already a
basket case worrying about dealing with them.