Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9, 2012

would call this the daily dillema  if i could spell that
 
had all sorts of things to be angry about this morning--
 
 like who was the smartie who discovered a breakfast of left over  chinese food  was not the way to start the day. 
 
 but all the rest of the annoying things  were the kind that i dare not mention because of all the people who now read this nonsense
 
there is a camera person in scotland-- maybe she can remember this story/poem   and give us the whole thing
it is about the son of a minister at a church party--
"i started in a story  - then i stopped it in the  middle
cause the story that i started was not... you see..
the kind that you could tell   at a church party."
 
practically every thought i have had this morning ended like that
 
the worst that i must not mention-- so i will change the names---
is about
 
a little kid  probably weighs less than  60 pounds-- so lets call her" 60"
was being hauled around school in a wheelchair--- by an aid 
and  several times they forgot to take her to lunch ---. when i first went to this school to meet with official people-- the aid left 60 in the  hall in her wheelchair when she came into the office to meet us..
 sack of flour type treatment..
 60  wanted some  independence--- and to  be able to go to the mall  with her friends without her father.. --60 And her  dad came here  ----she could walk with him-- but walkers etc were too tippy.
 like a red flag in front of a bull--- i bit the challenge---- .captured fido  who had not worked a day in years-- took him in harness to a mall and said "go"  and she walked  about 1/4 a mile hanging on to fido-- not dad.. we put together a young pup for her-- and they walk--without supervision  in the mall-- and we have a video of her walking in the ipswich school ( where we practice "noise and confusion")  walking almost  normally.
the pup passed the town's  august practice fire bell drills with "A" 
 
 there are a couple of the  staff  in her school system who do not..  shall i say.......are not encouraging  to her..  they prefer the sack of flour treatment in a wheelchair--  it is easier for them-- the big BUTTTT-her legs need to walk
 
megan has gone to her school with her  and came back with  stories how both kids and teachers were calling to and grabbing at this pup.  so now the pup is nervous in her school  especially during fire drills.   and they  have now photographed the pup in a fire drill worrying about what is behind him.
 
 in the middle of the night--- i realized if they want her to ride in a wheelchair---- then  have that aid follow her around with the danm thing  and if the fire bell rings 60 can ask for a ride and let the dog follow...  it would not take any more of the aid's time-- and it would  enable her to walk 99.98% of the time  and  not be told to sit and stay  isolated  in that chair when  they forget to take her to lunch..
 
think i can win that one??? the dog behaves nearly perfectly  everywhere but in that school where even the teachers  grab at the dog...
 
anne( denmark anne) offered  to drive me up there (NH)    she likes to spectate  a good argument.
 
if i need help i will ask for it ----- i can see it now....
we have all been subjected to 4 years  of political people    walking up and  down some sidewalk with placcards about far less critical things...
 
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grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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next problem
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i feel like lucy at the candy factory...
  calendars are nearly on the printers schedule-
 
i ordered mailers to send the calendars
they are advertised as unbendable- yet  lightweight  to avoid postage.
it is a commercial company---some flat.. some gussettd and a few boxes
the only other thing i added were refils  for  our first aid kit--- like  those little packets  of 2 advil to a tiny envelope
 
i was shocked to see the shipping $93  and called to try a nd figure out a slower/cheaper shipping ( which was stilll less that the staples route)
 
we went thru the order and all together-- all those enveloes and advil weigh about 300 pounds..  ok... if those  900 mailers are 300 pounds what do 1000 calendars look like---and where do we put all that volume of boxes here and be able to address them and train dogs at the same time..
 
what do we do... start another overflow room?
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 so today's   schedule
 
somebody has to go train a dog a t costco and get me some breakfast cereal along with a big jar of pepto bismol --- between barbara's  great left over lasagna and  then the chinese food,  i need help
 
anne is due here for coffee at 11-- she is a clipboard carrying tea drinker.
i am supposed to be thinking about THINGS.
i'll try..
 
 

11 comments:

  1. Well, I personally cannot wait to get there in December and help with all the 'stuff' you need to be doing! I'm going to rent a car in Boston so as long as the roads are good I can run your errands or take you on errands or do whatever needs to be done. Soooooo looking forward to it!!

    Ginger Kirby

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  2. Hello from the UK, I've been so busy this week that I haven't had more than a few seconds here & there to look in on the pups - aren't they doing well??!! I've also caught up with your DD posts & again I thank you for sharing so much with us, every post is fascinating.
    Today's story about '60' has really infuriated me. It is obvious to me that the poor girl is regarded as an inconvenience by the school and she, and now the dog, are suffering. What about her parents? Have they done anything about what's happening? And is there someone to whom an official complaint can be made? The teachers & the aide need educating, it's appalling that this situation is still happening in the 21st century.
    Have a lovely day, thanks again. I'm going back to see the puppies.

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  3. I wish I lived closer, I would happily help address and mail calendars! Anything you need help with that can be done from New York?

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  4. Regarding the dog at school, the parents of 60 need to call an IEP meeting, which they are entitled to whenever and as often as they would like. If they put the service dog on the IEP and include the issue of the fire drill bell the teachers and aides will be required by law to follow those instructions.

    This site has great information:

    http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=160

    http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm

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  5. To add what All Click had posted....in the IEP they could state that one of 60's "Goals" is to walk while at school with the dog, and when. The school may want to add some limitations for safety such as Carlene stated during fire drills, etc...the school has to, by law, follow the IEP. Carlene, it may be helpful if you attended the IEP with the parents. In the school where I worked, people who were providing a student assistive help (i.e. communications devices, etc.) where often times part of the IEP meeting. By doing this, they could advocate for the student and the assistive device...or in this case, service dog.

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  6. Have you thought about giving an assembly at the school? To explain about service dogs, talk about "60"'s and the dog's relationship -- how the dog can help, etc.? Maybe all the kids, teachers, etc. would be more understanding, give the dog some space, and hopefully be more respectful... Just a thought.

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  7. Re: "60"...it makes me so mad that schools who have students with problems that need aid are slapped with a "babysitter" and then close their eyes and turn away patting themselves on the back convinced that they have done the good deed.

    They haven't a clue...and that's what's educating our children today.

    I wish I could be a fly on the ceiling when you go to the school and address the situation. That's what you're planning isn't it? ;-D

    I have already PayPal'd a couple of calendars. I'll probably order more before you run out.

    Go sic 'em, Carlene!

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  8. You know now that you are going to have dozens of people (Camera People)at your doorstep to take over the work of the calendars. Just wait. You will have plenty of help and you will not have to worry any longer. I really wish I could help but being a 1000 miles away, it may be a bit tricky.

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  9. CARLENE. MOST STATES HAVE LAWS AGAINST HARMING OR HARASSING SERVICE DOGS. YOU NEED TO FIND OUT IF THIS GIRL'S STATE HAS SUCH A LAW. IF SO, INFORM THE SCHOOL THAT EACH AND EVERY PERSON, CHILD, TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, DOESN'T MATTER, WILL HAVE A COMPLAINT FILED FOR EVERY INCIDENT.

    THE SCHOOL NEEDS TO DEAL WITH THIS PRONTO. YOU CAN ALSO THREATEN TO SUE THEM FOR THE LOSS OF SERVICE DOG AND THE COST OF TRAINING ANOTHER DUE TO ALLOWING OTHERS TO HARASS THE DOG. WHETHER YOU WOULD ACTUALLY GIVE ANOTHER IS BESIDE THE POINT. IF THEY CONTINUE TO ALLOW THIS HARASSMENT, YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL BE NECESSARY OR NOT. YOUR GOAL IS TO NIP IT IN THE BUD. THEY THINK IF THEY JUST MAKE IT DIFFICULT, SHE'LL LEAVE THE DOG AT HOME. YOU AND HER FAMILY HAVE TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO HARASS HER THAN IT IS TO JUST RELAX AND ALLOW THE DOG TO DO ITS JOB.

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  10. Thank you all for the words of wisdom. We will continue to keep everyone posted.

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