I wrote in a while back regarding my teenage son’s nightmarish experience at Edmonds-Woodway High School as a person with a learning disability. (“EW wasn’t a good school for student,” Oct. 26, 2007)
I withdrew him from the whole district and now I drive him to Juanita High School in Kirkland, his previous school, and everything is perfect. He’s excited about learning, loves learning sign language and loves his social skills class so much that he wants to get to school early. His teachers are funny and really nice, warm people and have total acceptance of the disabilities of all the students there.
It’s similar to the difference between night and day. My son is in the light now.
The federal IDEA law clearly states that “the parents are an important part of the IEP team.” My experience at Edmonds-Woodway High School was that all my ideas and suggestions were ignored and disregarded and I felt steamrolled.
If any parents of special ed students on the secondary level in Edmonds are having problems, please feel free to e-mail me and maybe I can help: email@example.com.
M. Suzanne Richardson