The evaluation showed that Julian has delays in speech, social skills, and adaptive skills, and he was referred to early intervention for services. While I felt a sense of validation because I was right to follow my instinct about Julian's speech, I was shocked about the other delays.
I quickly went from feeling validated to feeling distressed.
I know it's strange that it took me this long to start this process. When parents call our resources line or family members ask about evaluating their children, I never hesitate when telling them to just do it.
“It’s better to know than to wonder,” I say.
As the new Manager of Parent Information and Training at RCSN and as a Muslim Social Worker, I saw this exciting event not only as an opportunity to connect with my Muslim community, parents and youth in foster care, fellow volunteers from other community organizations, and ACS to have a great time; but also to share valuable information and resources.
"I’ve always been interested in helping people have more of a voice, and young people with disabilities and their families are a very marginalized group in New York City."
I wanted a safe environment where she would be happy. And I needed to find the right people to find the right placement...
I had been planning for so long that I felt as though I’d already processed where he would be...