My wife and I requested that Kiera be referred to
"Early Intervention Services" in Reno, Nevada prior to the age of
2. She was not meeting milestones, she did not walk until 2.2 years
of age, preferring to roll. She began receiving services at home
then in a general education classroom.
Presently, Kiera is in the 5th grade, inclusion 15-20
percent of the day receiving speech, O.T., P.T. and therapeutic
recreation at school, plus speech and O.T. with rehabilitation in
the home. She is developing independence due to positive outcomes
from the services she receives at school and in our home.
Because of IDEA, Kiera receive services that are
necessary to enhance her daily life. She is learning to become more
confident in the general education setting as well as in public
settings. She has learned a great many skills that will continue to
strengthen because of supports put in place due to IDEA.
IDEA funding gives our Kiera the chance to be more
than just a number - within Social Security. She is learning
skills that many take for granted. She has learned Sign Language
and utilizes PECS (Physical, Emotional, Cognitive, Social) when
She participated in the Special Olympics 25M race
today, coming in first!
I thought I would have
to teach my daughter about the world. It turns out that I have to
teach the world about my daughter.
“The principle goal of education in
the schools should be creating men
and women who are capable of doing
new things, not simply repeating
what other generations have done;
men and women who are creative,
inventive and discoverers, who can
be critical and verify, and not
accept, everything they are