When we sit down at the IEP table to discuss the future of a student, everyone matters. Each person there provides a different perspective, operating within their schema adn with different limitations. IEP meetings can be frustrating when the power shifts too heavily in one direction, leaving the student to ultimately suffer.
I have been in the position of the student, the parent, and the teacher at the IEP table. This gives me the unique position of being able to empathize with all of those involved, and understand the challenges of autism at home, in the classroom, and within the individual. I have walked many miles in the shows as the autistic person, the parent of the autistic child, and the teacher of the autistic student.
I call this my 3 Shoes Perspective. I bring this viewpoint to my presentations and to the concerversations at all levels of education.