My two daughters and I lived in a small town in Northern California until 2009. My older daughter, Stella, has epilepsy. When she was in sixth grade, her middle school told me that she couldn’t come to school anymore because her seizures were stressing them out. My daughter’s education was going to end at the age of 11, because the teachers didn’t want to be encumbered with her disability. Long story short, my daughters and I ended up in Olympia.
At our first Individualized Education Plan meeting here, which is a meeting that parents of disabled kids have with their school to set up accommodation, I was floored – completely shocked by their kindness. I had never experienced anything like that in California or Oregon. Now my daughter is about to graduate from Capital High School, and she has already been accepted to a college up here. She is thriving. I am so happy for her and proud of her. None of this would have happened if we had conceded to the decision that my daughter was just too disabled and too much of a burden to go to school. We owe so much gratitude to the people at Capital that have helped my daughter turn her education around, including Donna Mcpeak, Joel Komschlies, Eric Green, Holly Steele, Pam Tebeau, and so many other people. Thanks so much.