I have been watching my son struggle in school for years now. I trusted the school district and his psychiatric facility for years, following all of their suggestions and believing that they had my son’s best interest at heart. Yet, year after year, I watched nothing change and things just progressively get worse. We changed many schools because nobody was willing to take the necessary steps to help him. My son is incredibly bright but he was falling way behind academically. His behavior problems ended everywhere except for at school.
The more I voiced my opinions, the more I felt I was given some generic explanation to be pacified. The closer I looked at his IEP’s the more I realized they were all basically the same thing that did nothing to improve our situation. That is when I finally became aware that my son was not a priority for the school and I reached out for help.
We have been so blessed by Raja. Since the day I reached out to her she has shown great compassion and competence. Just in reviewing my sons academic records she was able to see all the things I was concerned about and MORE. The school has been so resistant to helping my son, and they have fought us every step of the way, but Raja has never relented. She continues to fight for my son even on days that I feel I cannot. She has given me so much hope, so much strength, and the ability to demand that my son receives the services he needs. I am so much more confident because I know that I am not doing this alone. When the school presents me with paperwork or documents that I cannot make sense of, denies a request, or verbally try to get me to agree to things, I know that I have Raja to turn to, who will clarify everything and give me the opportunity to fight knowingly, not blindly. All of the fears I had in going head to head with a school district have died. I know that Raja is in my corner fighting for my son’s rights right along with me. I have made more headway in the last month than I did in the entire 4 years I tried doing this alone. The fight is finally fair.
Any parent of a child with special needs knows what the struggle is like. We have all felt the pain and heartache in watching our child struggle and fall below their abilities. We have also felt the frustration and hopelessness when trying to get a school to help our children. I urge you, if you are in need of help, get in touch with Raja. Things change!! And the struggle is not as hard as it might seem when you have someone so caring, so passionate, so dedicated and educated in advocating for your child.
Thank you so much Raja. I will be forever grateful for you.