Damien - Needed his Service Animal to Ride School Transportation
Misty and her son, Damien, live in a close-knit, rural community in Southern Indiana. Misty told us, “It is a good place to start a family and raise your children.” Misty’s family has deep roots in her community as she graduated from the same high school where her son currently attends she grew up with many of the current school boards members. Misty’s father retired from the school district after teaching and coaching there for over 40 years. Even with all the connections and relationships, when Damien, Misty’s son, was matched with Ollie, his service animal, things with the school took an unexpected and complicated turn.
Janice - And her Daughter, Received Support from Mary, Intake Advocate, over the Phone
Janice* is 69 years old and suffers from anxiety but has never been diagnosed with a mental illness. Recently, Janice suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI) and became delusional and confused. She went to the emergency room (ER) and explained her symptoms to them but the ER staff stated that they didn’t know why she was delusional and confused. Janice was concerned for her mental health so she checked herself into the Neuropsychiatric Hospital. It was determined that Janice’s UTI was so severe that it caused her delusions and confusion. After receiving injectable antibiotics for 7 days, her UTI was gone and her delusions stopped. The hospital staff told Janice that she would be released in a few days and moved her to a room with another patient.
Memphis - Needed Specialized Wheelchair
Memphis Luginbill is a typical third grader. He’s kind and determined and loves to hang out with his family. For years, Memphis used a traditional wheelchair to get around at home, school and wherever else he wanted to go. When he was eight, his treatment team recommended a new wheelchair—one that would increase his independence by moving between sitting and standing positions while remaining in the chair. This would give Memphis the opportunity to bear weight on muscles he otherwise wouldn’t be able to. It would also help him participate in more activities at school and at home.
Benote - Needed Supports to Succeed in School
Kothyn’s son, Benote, had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the supports his school was using to meet the goals of the IEP wasn’t as successful as the school thought it should be. The school’s solution was to place Benote in a half-day school setting. Kothyn told the school she didn’t think this was the best option for her son because it would only allow him to be in an educational setting for a few hours a day resulting in significantly less time to reach his educational and behavioral goals. When she asked the school what she was supposed to do about continuing his education, the school suggested that they could probably get a tutor to come to his house.