Psalm 143:8 (NLT) Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.
We were still in a state of shock, over his diagnosis, trying to understanding what it all meant. We didn’t understand the full extent of his disability. At this point he didn’t look any different than any other boy his age, so how were others going to understand his limitations.
As I walked in the secretary looked up at me and smiled. I explained we were new to the area and asked about enrollment. She gave me the paper work and answered a few of my questions and then the principal walked into the room. I asked her if I could talk with her. I explained to her, the best I could about his diagnosis and shared some of my concerns. She listened quietly then said she had the perfect teacher for Ryan, and asked if I could come back the following week to meet the teacher.
Planting a smile on my face, I made polite conversation, but my mind was already made up. This was NOT the teacher for Ryan. As she talked I was already trying to figure out how I could tell the principal this was not going to work. Ryan would not feel comfortable with her.
As Ryan’s physical abilities declined she helped me to fight for what Ryan needed all through elementary school. Ryan is my youngest of four children, yet he was my first one with special needs. I had no idea what an IEP was, a 504 plan was, or anything else for that matter. She knew all the lingo and how to ask for the services he qualified for. She not only advocated for Ryan , she taught he how to. I was so thankful for this teacher.
She was THE PERFECT teacher for Ryan. God knew where Ryan needed to be for that first year of school.
It breaks my heart as I now see people doing this to my son. They judge him with preconceived ideas because he is in a wheelchair.
Not only did I judge her, I judged the school based on the building and the neighborhood. Yet the staff at that school could not have been more kind and understanding, not only with Ryan but with me, an over anxious mom. I am so thankful that God saw the bigger picture and didn’t allow me to get my way. He knew what was best!
That first day of grade school is a distant memory. This year Ryan will be a senior in high school. While our school experiences have changed numerous times since first grade here are some things that I found to be helpful in easing into each new school year:
The start of a new school year sometimes brings moments anxiety. Help us to trust you to guide and direct us every step of the way. Even when things don't look the way we think they should, thank you that we can trust you. You see the bigger picture and it is not always as we see it.
Photo Credit- Donna Mckenzie