PACER

A PACER Center advocate vividly recalls the pivotal moment in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting she attended with the mother of a young boy with Down syndrome. As the school district administrator began to make a case for placing him in a segregated special education classroom, the parent interjected, “But we are planning for our son to attend an inclusive college program when he grows up. How will he be able to be included in college if he can’t be included in kindergarten?” Based on that long-range goal, the team agreed to the placement and set him on a route to the future rich with possibilities.