More than a Certificate of Completion

More Than a Certificate of Completion

Do I have a future? Do I count? I don’t have any plans when I leave high school in a couple of months.

These were some of the comments shared by a group of students getting ready to face the world of adulthood but not ready to do so. They had spent their entire lives inside classrooms filled with accommodations, shorter lessons, and special requirements.

Some could read, write, perform math skills and answer basic questions. Some could not. They struggled to understand or comprehend how the basics of education would fit into their lives long-term.

As a speech and language therapist I was called to this district because a therapist had quit in March and they needed someone to fulfill Public Law 94.142 for students with disabilities. I stepped into the challenge not knowing that I would be forever changed by this experience.

I won’t fill this page with every single detail about how the weeks between March and May unfolded but I will...

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