I received some bad news about Gavin and school

I spoke with the IEP coordinator at Gavin’s high school about what we were going to be doing for Gavin this year. 

She informed me that they terminated the online program that Gavin used last year for school. 

She explained their reasons and while the reasons make sense, this will a problem for Gavin. 

Gavin really isn’t capable of learning in the capacity that he will be required to if we do a more traditional home education.  I’m a bit worried about how this will play out. 

Physically attending school is an impossibility for him for a million physical and emotional health reasons. 

I’m seriously concerned about what our options are going to be. At this point, Gavin turns 16 in a few months and if I’m not mistaken, I can withdraw him from school in the State of Ohio. I need to double check though. 

If I’m being completely honest, Gavin barely passed last year and  realistically shouldn’t have. 

The best option for him to be able to forget about school and focus on everyday life skills.

Frankly, Gavin struggles with everyday activities like personal hygiene, unlocking the front door, finding clothes in his drawers, dealing with even a minimal amount of frustration and literally having to go to the bathroom every few minutes. 

My main goal here is to ensure Gavin’s health and safety. If I can do that without getting in trouble with the State, that would be a huge win.  

  

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I thought there was an iep accommodation for medically fragile kids that they have to come to your house or let him Skype into the class (if he’d be able to do that)

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Unless Ohio is different you can keep special needs kids as “students” until they’re 21. Wouldn’t keeping him registered qualify Gavin for more services? Shouldn’t the schools be teaching Gavin those life skills? Because if they’re not, than Ohio sucks. My daughter volunteers in the special needs class at school because she prefers to be with “those” kids &#038 they take trips to teach them those life skills, does the high schools in Ohio not do that? I believe Gavin needs that social interaction. Not that you couldn’t but would you be teaching Gavin those life skills? I feel w/o… Read more »
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While ideally you’re right, this is far from an ideal situation. Gavin has a severely compromised immune system, severe autonomic dysfunction and ton of serious mental health issues.. All of these things are made worse by stress. Since Gavin left the physical school building last year, it was the first year his health was mostly stable.
This is about his health and wellbeing… Yes, I teach him life skills. Things he need to be able to do in order to function as independently as possible.

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You live in Ohio. Register him as a homeschooler and use the $27,000 Autism Scholarship to have a teacher come into your home and work with him 1:1 every day!!! It’s fantastic.

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Or they can meet at the library.

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I thought there was an iep accommodation for medically fragile kids that they have to come to your house or let him Skype into the class (if he’d be able to do that)

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Unless Ohio is different you can keep special needs kids as “students” until they’re 21. Wouldn’t keeping him registered qualify Gavin for more services? Shouldn’t the schools be teaching Gavin those life skills? Because if they’re not, than Ohio sucks. My daughter volunteers in the special needs class at school because she prefers to be with “those” kids & they take trips to teach them those life skills, does the high schools in Ohio not do that? I believe Gavin needs that social interaction. Not that you couldn’t but would you be teaching Gavin those life skills? I feel w/o… Read more »
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While ideally you’re right, this is far from an ideal situation. Gavin has a severely compromised immune system, severe autonomic dysfunction and ton of serious mental health issues.. All of these things are made worse by stress. Since Gavin left the physical school building last year, it was the first year his health was mostly stable.
This is about his health and wellbeing… Yes, I teach him life skills. Things he need to be able to do in order to function as independently as possible.

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You live in Ohio. Register him as a homeschooler and use the $27,000 Autism Scholarship to have a teacher come into your home and work with him 1:1 every day!!! It’s fantastic.

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Or they can meet at the library.