Going to Gardiner

I just found out that we are eligibile for the Gardiner Scholarship. This is something I have thought about but never been in the right place educationally to apply and follow through with changing from the McKay to the Gardiner. My primary reason for switching is money. Unfortunely for many people with children with specialContinue reading “Going to Gardiner”

We are going back to school

Hi, from Florida! Florida has been in the news a lot lately regarding the political decision to force schools to open up brick and mortar.  Let’s be clear; this is public schools and I’m a public school teacher that will be sending my children to school this August.   I will be sending my children toContinue reading “We are going back to school”

Check out this reading program

It’s better than ABC Mouse. Yup. That’s right. It is better than ABC Mouse. This online program has helped my son with autism get basic reading skills he lacks due to his Developmental disabilities. He didn’t speak until six and he didn’t start to try to write independently until eight. So, in all his educationContinue reading “Check out this reading program”

Need Money for School…Mckay Scholarship

Does your child have an IEP or 504 in the state of Florida? Florida was the first state to implement a scholarship like McKay.  McKay allows for parents of special needs children to use funds allocated to the public school for private school tuition.  (you can use McKay to transfer to another public school asContinue reading “Need Money for School…Mckay Scholarship”

need money for school?

Do you have a child that needs money for a specialized school? Many states have scholarships for children with special needs or families with low income.   I always thought my kids would all go to the same school and that that school would be our zoned public school.  My husband and I both attended publicContinue reading “need money for school?”

5 things to never say…

to a parent with a child who has autism   As a parent of a child who has autism, let me give everyone a few tips on what not to say.  As parents, we live in a unique world surrounded by really amazing people and our child.  The way we live and the choices weContinue reading “5 things to never say…”

To My Son’s Teacher on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day I was about to write my son’s teacher a note for Valentine’s day and send it to her.  Then I realized that I have taken on a role in my life to be open about our journey so, I’ve decided to share what I have to say to my son’s teacher withContinue reading “To My Son’s Teacher on Valentine’s Day”

Ruthfulness released on Amazon

My published story about how we navigated the early intervention system, suffered hardships, accepted autism and overcame so many struggles. We have become a family that stands for education, access and advocacy. I want you to know that you are not alone on your journey as a parent with a child on the spectrum. AmazonContinue reading “Ruthfulness released on Amazon”

McKay Matrix

Using the McKay scholarship is one of the best ways to access private education for children with special needs.  The McKay is a great option because it is based on a students IEP created by the school and is not reliant on a medical diagnosis.  As parents getting enough money from McKay is key toContinue reading “McKay Matrix”

Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?

April 2nd is autism awareness day all over the world. Just this week I read an amazing article written in 2017 and published on Huffpost about how we should bring awareness by honoring our own spectrum children instead of celebrating just the success cases. huffpost: Let’s start honoring people with autism by stopping the celebrationContinue reading “Autism Awareness or Celebrate Autism?”