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Certain Proof

Ok. So my goal was to sit down and answer some fabulous questions that you had about life with CP and then I saw this…

Certain Proof

I told ali, this is why I’m always talking about and worried about and thinking about where Sebastian will go to school after nursery. About our options and which neighborhood is the best neighborhood for those options. We have to move in November. Sebastian will be at a new school for 2012-2013. We have another year at his current integrated (50-50 typical dev kids and kids with different-abilites) nursery school. And then he goes to a new school.

After dropping Sebastian off in his classroom, I headed for the director’s office. I just meant to have a short chat about our special birthday celebration we are planning for the whole class (stay tuned for details on that). I just wanted to tell her we needed to sit down to chat more about school options before the end of the year. Typically she sits down with families next autumn for the following year. But since we have to move in the autumn, I wanted to get a head start. We had an impromptu meeting right there that I don’t doubt was inspired by this trailer.

Being new to Toronto, I want to learn as much as I can about the education system, which schools are accessible and what programs are available for my son. Many of you know I am a strong believer in inclusion and as a former teacher I’m not interested in homeschooling my child. I want Sebastian to be a part of every day life as all kids are. I also want society to learn to understand that there is no normal and that kids with different abilities are are still kids.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on this topic, about as much as I have time for at the moment. I will post my answers to your questions, likely on Monday as we have visitors in town for the weekend so I won’t have a chance. Thank you for asking questions and I look forward to answering them. Please take a look at the above video and the links for Including Samuel and Meet Norm.

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5 thoughts on “Certain Proof”

  1. I’m just glad you are a momma warrior who fights for her kiddo. Inclusion, peers, teachers, therapies, etc. Fostering the potential in our kids is the best thing we can possibly do for them, so keep on doing!

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  2. Kara, I still have not watched it as I am highly emotional right now especially about inclusion and the honest hard work it really takes as a parent. xo I admire your strong advocacy for Seb to access mainstream and am with you in spirit every step of the way oxxo

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  3. I can’t watch the vid right now as I have a sleeping child at my feet, but I will be back to watch it tomorrow!
    Love this post and recurring messages I have been reading lately about so many different kinds of normal. Important to me if you read my most recent blog post too ;-). Also check out the great Fridge Magnet at Inky Ed.
    The whole education thing is daunting but it’s also an exciting wonderful time. Good luck with the choices you need to make! xo

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  4. The “Including Samuel” preview made me cry. I loved the scene when he’s at school and all the girls in their pink puffy winter coats come over to give him these genuine, heartfelt hugs. Of course. They get it. That little Samuel was so cute he made me think of Sebastian. What beautiful children, so full of life and intelligence, beauty, and the ability to forgive. So patient and tireless in their amazing efforts to push the limits of their bodies and minds. I am so blessed to have Sebastian in my life, even from afar.

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  5. Wow, that video trailer is powerful! I’m curious to watch the entire thing.

    It’s a shame that in 2011 we still need to fight for potential and abilities to be seen. So much energy spent; energy that could be used teaching these kids, rather than fighting to have them receive a quality education. (That isn’t worded great, but hopefully the intent is understood. )

    Keep going Warrior Moms!

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