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Is your child on an IEP?

My son has Down syndrome and is going into fifth grade at Harman School. When Peter was born I wanted to get in touch with other parents in our community whose children were receiving special education services, in order to know what to expect. I learned that at one time there was a group called “Our Kids” that consisted of parents whose children were on an Individualized Education Program, receiving special education services. The purpose of this group was to create a forum for parents to share experiences and ideas, and to support one another. The group hadn’t met in a few years and I attempted to get it going again. At that time there were over 150 kids on IEPs. We met for a year and it was hard to get parents to attend. I came to my own conclusion that I lived in “the land of the gifted” and maybe parents did not want to be part of this underground world, so I threw in the towel.

I would like to attempt this again. What is in it for you? The answer is clear...we are much stronger as a group and our children will benefit if we share ideas and support one another. Due to confidentiality issues I am not privy to your names and contact information. My son’s disability is obvious and I have had many calls over the years from parents who wanted to ask me questions, so I know there is a need for this network. If you are interested in being part of this group, please email me at

There was an article in the Dayton Daily News on June 29 about Oakwood receiving $361,000 in federal money to be used for special education services as part of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act. It is our responsibility to share ideas on how we think these funds could be used to benefit our kids. The first item on our agenda!

Chris Roll





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July 14, 2009
Volume 18, No. 28

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