Too Many Thoughts

Howdy! I’m been off in Dallas, TX attending a blogging conference, but now I’m home and ready to jump back into things with both feet. If you follow Bird on the Street on Facebook then you knew where I went, but if you don’t I apologize. Here are a couple of little updates:

  1. I am bringing an advocate with me to Charlie’s IEP. I talked to her while I was in a cab to the airport, so I haven’t notified the school or worked out the details, but it’s nice to know that I won’t be alone. I’ve outlined my preferences for his placement–the first is that he be accommodated at his home school (this seems unlikely, but it never hurts to ask!). The second is that he attend a school that feeds into his home Junior High and High School and that they provide transportation to that school. Again, I’m not sure what our chances are, but I’m willing to try.
  2. This blog needs some work. The template that Bird on the Street is built on started acting up sometime this summer and I’ve been steadfastly ignoring that for about nine months now. It’s time to clean things up–get my fonts straight, figure out what the heck happened to my background color, etc. I also repeatedly have people tell me that they get a virus warning when they visit my site. I’ve reviewed the site myself, have security measure installed and have had it reviewed by a computer programmer. It’s also been cleared by Google. I think the issue is actually my hosting company and I’ll be working on that as well–can’t have people turning away because of a hosting glitch.
  3. Nothing inspires content ideas like a blogging conference. I had so many ideas I wonder how many I can squeeze into this space. I also have some people contacting me about collaborating on some ideas, so that’s in the mix too. I did want to ask how you guys feel about iPad apps–are you interested in reviews or spotlights? Like maybe just one “this app worked for me” post? I’ve read a bunch of websites dedicated solely to apps, but I struggled with all the choices. Let me know. I won’t ever do big lists of good apps, but have considered reviewing and sharing a few that we really like. Any interest?
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My Blissdom roommate Ellen from Love That Max. She lovely and she gives me wonderful advice. She’s also going to hate me for posting this picture.


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  1. So glad you found an advocate to work with! I’m sure s/he will be a great resource and back-up, and will help make sure that the goals and accommodations that you craft BEFORE you get to the part of the IEP meeting about placement all lead toward the placement that you want. That was a part of the process, as Joe Average Parent, I NEVER would have understood without our advocate by our side. :)

  2. Kevin Jordan says:

    I would love to see some specific iPad app posts. My son Zac is 4 with CP and uses an iPad all the time. (yes sometimes he just watches Dora on it :) There are some great apps out there for learning and also fine motor control and the opinion of another special needs parent is always greatly appreciated.

  3. Malware warnings may be related to your ad network — which is why it’s some people and not others. Ad networks get compromised pretty regularly. It’s hard to fix unless you can manage to get good reproductions of errors, and then all you can really do is report the ads to the advertisers so they can remove it.

    It could also be the hosting provider, but unless your account there is hacked, probably not.

    Hi, we met at some nola-blogger thing last year. And some people on my twitter feed re-tweet you. Hope this helps!

  4. I would seriously love to hear reviews of iPad apps. Loved rooming with you. Five days later, I remain traumatized by those fake lashes!

  5. Good luck w/ the IEP!

  6. Just make to let the school know that you are bringing an advocate so that they can give you the paperwork. Also, if I were you, I would audio tape the meeting. Again, you will need to let the school know that you are doing so, so that they can do the same. One nice thing about all of this is that they will probably have someone further up the food chain come to the meeting. While that sounds a little scarey, it also means he/she will be the person who can get things done for you.
    Good luck!
    Lisa (special needs parent and special ed teacher)