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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

All I Have To Do Now Is…

“First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.”
–Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Holy Handgrenade Directions

All I have to do now is …
Meet with the DMR liaison and get the forms.
Then I have to give my pediatrician the template so she can do the write-up about Nat’s need for guardianship.
Then I have to take that form and give it to a licensed psychologist to sign off on said need.
Then I have to take that to a licensed social worker to sign off on the above.
Then I have to get a court date to have it approved.
Oh, did I mention the special form to oversee Nat’s medication as his guardian?

This cannot be done before Nat turns 18 but must be done within 180 days of beginning of process.
This must be done before our spring IEP meeting, so that we can sign IEP for Nat as his guardians.
If not done on time, process must begin again. I think.

At the May meeting, we will have the local high school vocational adviser come and meet Nat and determine if his vocational support needs could possibly be met by Brookline High School, in which case we would work towards transferring him partly to his LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL for some of his job training. The idea here is that one day Nat would work and reside in the town in which he was born, walking everywhere or using the T(!)

But that is a big questionmark, because who knows what the high school staff will be willing to do…

And I’m one of the lucky ones because I know what I’m doing — in this instance. Okay, one step at a time.

That is the news so far about Transition to Adulthood for Nathaniel Isaac Batchelder, son extraordinaire.


wow… sounds very confusing, but you seem to be up to the task.

— added by Suzanne on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 11:59 am

Susan, Barbara Fischkin just read about the day she and Jim went to court with DAN to become his legal guardians. It’s in her work in progress. An emotional rollercoaster of a manuscript and one I think needs to get published FAST. She and I spoke about autism and writing at the LI Island conference. A Mom was telling us about her sons Bqar Mitzvah over lunch and I asked if she’d read your book. She hadn’t, but I hope now she will. Your chapter on Nat’s Bar Mitzvah is one of my favorite pieces of writing on autism.

Good luck with the paperwork and the heartwork that I’m sure accompanies it.


— added by Kim Rossi Stagliano on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm