Most of you know that my son Jacob has an autism spectrum disorder. Next year Jacob will be making the transition to middle school, which is a scary time for any parent, but made even more so with Jacob’s special needs and the uncertainty of what resources he will need and have available in this next step of his educational journey. In order to get a sense of what he will need, my wife and I took him to the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) in Chapel Hill a couple of weeks ago for a consultation. CIDD is a fantastic place and we had first visited there several years ago not long after Jacob was first diagnosed.
Last year about this time, my wife and I were locked in a battle with the local school system over their planned changes to my autistic son’s class placement. If you are interested, you can read the blog post I wrote back then by clicking here. For a period of about six to eight weeks, we did everything we could think of to show those in authority that changing Jacob’s class was a bad idea. We attended school board meetings, talked to other parents and teachers, wrote letters and emails, made lots of phone calls, and prayed a bunch. Just when we thought we had run out of options and didn’t know what else we could do, we got a phone call that Jacob would be assigned to the same class and teacher the following year. God stepped in in a dramatic and powerful way so that it was clear that He was the one who handled it.
Just a follow-up to my last post, here is Jacob getting baptized Sunday morning.