Author Archives: grace

Reflecting on the Birth of My Micropreemie on Her 10th Birthday

Ten years ago today, a severely premature baby entered my life. Weighing in at barely one pound two ounces, my first born child much more resembled a frog than a human. See the picture here for yourself. “Where’s the baby?” … Continue reading

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Nine Eleven 2001 -Day of Horror and Creation

On 9/11/2001 I was in an east bay hospital trying very hard to keep my first child from escaping my uterus prematurely. I had checked into the hospital at midnight, because it was the first day of the 24th week … Continue reading

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A Summer Moment of Overcoming Disability

Overcoming? Is that the right word for what we did this summer? My daughter who is blind is now nine. Last year she had her first two weeks of swimming lessons, as did her siblings. What a difference competent swimming … Continue reading

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Meeting Congressmen on Tuesday; Cleaning Toilets on Thursday

I’ve had an extraordinary six days flying back and forth (and again back and forth) between California and Washington D.C. A Friday night gala in D.C. where I accepted a very special award, a Tuesday lunch where I was introduced … Continue reading

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For parents raising children with disabilities – the best story you will read today

Mom, city schools never gave up on student diagnosed with autism thedailynewsonline.com A mother’s advice “As the mother of a student with special needs, Debbie Larson has been more than a mom. She has been a source of motivation, his … Continue reading

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Cal Alumni and Students: Ever wonder what the inside of the Stanford tree smells like?

This week I happily joined the ranks of published authors, as this Cal anthology came out after months collaborating with 34 other Cal grads and two motivated editors. When I Was There: Life at Berkeley 1960-2010 is now available via … Continue reading

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When they throw an IEP Party and Nobody Comes

For the first time ever, I went to an IEP meeting with a client and the educational team wasn’t there. Details on the communications snafu are being investigated by the big boss, but I thought it useful to write up … Continue reading

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Attention Parents: Educators are Not the Experts of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. You Must Become the Expert!

Attendees at my “You Gotta Know the Rules if You’re Gonna Play the Game” seminars have heard me say this, but here’s a few examples of what the words in this blog post title really mean. I’m quoting administrators and … Continue reading

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5000 School Psychologists’ Reports Surveyed….the article

Those of you who have attended my seminars have heard me refer to this Wrightslaw article and the subject study of 5000 school psychologists’ reports. This article is a MUST READ for every parent with a child with a disability … Continue reading

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Behaviorial problems and Suspensions of Children with Disabilities

The topic of suspensions of children with disabilities has been heavy on my mind lately. Apparently it’s common practice for teachers and principals to treat children with disabilities, with IEPs in place, as if they had no disabilities or IEPs.  … Continue reading

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