A Carny has Rights in Our Circus Tribe – Know Your Child’s Rights
If you child has Autism, like our daughter, one of the most important things you can do is ensure you understand his or her rights. Specials laws passed to help protect people with disabilities. By knowing the laws that protect your kiddo, you can provides opportunities for them you didn’t know you had.
Puppies have Right too!
It became very important for us to understand our daughter’s right when we started going down the route of getting her a service dog. We had to ensure her personal rights were protected; but, we also had to make sure her service dog would not be discriminated against. We found the American Disabilities Act to be the most helpful.
Under this act, discrimination due to disability is prohibited with regard to public accommodations, public transportation, and a number of other public services; She cannot be refused entry into a public restroom due to her service animal. While the service dog thing didn’t work out, she doesn’t like dogs, we did learn a lot about what we could and could not do. It is important, in my opinion, to know what your rights are – so you know when you should be fighting to get what your child deserves.
I’m pretty, and smart, and I have a right to learn too!
In addition, become acquainted with I.D.E.A. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) covers children ages 3 to 21. It provides our children with the special educational programs they need to get a fair education.
I.D.E.A. allowed us to be involved with school decisions. To be covered by I.D.E.A., you need to have your child assessed We recently went through this process as our daughter started school for the first time. She has a very large I.E.P team – individual education plan – that assessed all of her abilities. The team helped create a plan of action to ensure she gets a free public education that is appropriate for her sill level. So far, so good. However, she just started a few months ago – so we will have to see how thing go.
Ignorance is not Bliss
Things change a bit once you have a special kiddo. We all know that. However, my once happy ignorance of the public education system and politics had to come to a screeching halt. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for me to not be and advocate for my child. While I know we all have a lot on our plate, if you can find some time later at night after your kiddo goes to bed and you have cleaned up all the poop art – maybe look these two laws up and see how they might apply to you and your child.