As the parent of a child qualified for special education services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), I have often felt a lingering sense of apprehension when encountering some of the school personnel. At the same time I align myself with educational professionals because I, too, have worked in schools as both a general and special educator. Perplexed by this apparent contradiction, I sought a deeper understanding by re-examining my own experiences while exploring the question, “What circumstances might be contributing to this disconnected feeling I have from other adults who have significant influence over my son's life?” Thus, in this paper I attempt to shed light on the often unintended consequences of school personnel's comments and actions as told from the perspective of someone who is both the mother of a young child with disabilities and an experienced teacher,...

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