Thursday, May 22, 2008

IEP gallows humor

It's that time of year. IEP time....Luckily, we are not in that spot, our IEP's are done....but I saw this humor on Special Education Law Blog and just had to share:

If team members were asked “How many IEP meetings does it take to change a light bulb,” this is what I imagine they might say:
Parent - “The light bulb is not the only thing that’s burnt out.”
General Education Teacher - “No one said I was going to have to teach changing light bulbs.”
Case Manager - “If you hadn’t wanted so many hours of service in that room, maybe the light bulb wouldn’t have burned out.”
Transition Coordinator - “I think they cover that in life skills.”
Special Education Teacher - “We don’t need a light bulb, it’s not like they’re reading or writing.”
Special Education Director - “We’ll have to just keep changing his placement until we find a room that has a light bulb.”
Resource Teacher - “The side benefit is that we’ll have to bring them up from the basement.”
Teaching Assistant - “We don’t really need a new light bulb, there’s enough light coming off the television.”
School District Attorney - “The regulations don’t require light in the timeout room.”
Dean of Discipline- “Is there supposed to be a light in the time-out room?”
Assistive Technology Team - “First, we have to determine that the light bulb’s really burnt out and then we can trial a flashlight.”
School Nurse - “I don’t know how many it will take to change the light bulb, but all the special ed children will have to go home until we do.”
Secretary at the meeting - “O.K. then, how many minutes of light are we allotting in the IEP?”
Special Education Director - “We are willing to provide nightlights and maybe open the door a crack; we feel this is more than educationally appropriate and all Rowley requires.”
Teacher - (Sobbing) “What do you people expect from us anyway!”
Parent - “I don’t understand why you’re being so difficult, it’s not like we’re asking for a chandelier.”
School Psychologist - “The children are just lazy. If they really wanted to learn they’d study by candle light like Abraham Lincoln.”
Janitorial Custodian - “I’d like to help you, but I’m not a part of the IEP team.”
Dean of Discipline - Dean of Discipline - "I'm just here to make sure we write it as 'change the light bulb.' The minute anyone uses the word, 'screw' this meeting is over."
Special Education Attorney - “The light bulb is the least important thing that needs to be changed in that classroom.”

also on a serious note, THIS is one of the best tools I have EVER seen for IEP prep. I am going to send it out to every SpEd Parent I know......

IEP Strategy Checklist


Linda said...

I passed this on to my friend who deals with IEP's all the time, she's got 2 kids, one is autistic, the other has speech issues.

She'll get a kick out of it, that's for sure.

Activities Coordinator said...

Okay, here's the first thing...Blogger hates I don't know if my first comment went through.

So, here's the second thing (sorry if it's a repeat, I have no way of knowing), I am a special ed. mom and former P.S. speech tx and this post is hilarious!

The third thing is that I really love your blog. I'm into photography, too - although mostly on a amateur basis. No wedding photos for me. I'd be a blubbering mess!