Just a bit of back-story... Before leaving work, very reluctantly, to have and raise the twins, I worked in the MR/DD field as a service coordinator. I used to work with my consumers to ensure they had access and were receiving all the assorted services they needed/were entitled to. I know how to talk the talk and how to advocate. My dad has also been a disability advocate all his life, he continues to work with the oldest and largest blind civil rights group in the country. When J started his current school, last year, I had to fight from the get go. His IEP (drawn up months before he arrived) had in it that he was to have a 1 to 1 health para. Not only did they not have one for him, they gave me guff about needing one. I stuck it out and 2 weeks later he got someone. She was untrained and had her own ideas about what she was to be doing. I had several disagreements with her (wanting him to eat lunch in the nurse's office, micromanaging what he ate...over my explicit direction...). Eventually she left and J got a real gem of a para. She was great, very understanding and willing to learn. She also had enough understanding to know that he should be treated like any other kid. I was so pleased I asked if she would be willing to work with hm again this year. She was more than happy! Yay! During the spring last year, I started working with an acquaintance from school who believed her DD had T1. I gave her my Endo's number, my cell phone number and offered my assistance in paperwork for school and all my D knowledge. Turns out her DD was T1, and in the early stages. Finally, over the summer the girl was put on Insulin and now is in training for the p[ump. Suffice it to say, I have been very busy helping her. I should also mention that this woman has a self described "learning disability", and in my personal opinion, that is an understatement. So, I have been working with her...and working...and working... Since her DD is now on the Insulin it was my opinion that she should have her own Para. (The justification for the para generally is asymptomatic hyops and immaturity. The girl, as well as J are both not yet 6 and in the 1st grade and both asymptomatic.) I gave her the paperwork, told her the exact verbiage to use, and to whom to give the paperwork too. Finally all the paperwork goes through. Seems the school is low on funding. J needs to SHARE his para with the girl! They are actually changing her class so she can do this! I am livid! According to the school, who clearly never bothers to read a damn thing, J and the girl, only need "escorting". I have no clue where they get that impression. Indeed, literally yesterday Jason started classroom testing, to cut down on time missed from class. Come to find out that he may have to forgo in class testing, because of the new girl. Im ready to scream! I am more annoyed, I guess, because the school knows darn well I am very active in my kids lives, I know the law and know more about D than anyone in that entire building. Indeed, I had a legal mediation with them last year regarding my DD and won. And, at the request on the Principal, discussed services and procedures with the parents of 2 Kindergarten kids with D just a few weeks ago! I feel used!