...that's what you get if you have multiple children with special needs.
I had to share a response that I received to my last post from the mother of Audrey's most beloved classmate, Grace Anne:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, for expressing my sentiments so well. UUHHG! Bus company staff! WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE PEOPLE? I have to send my kids off in the morning in two different directions to two different Autism Schools. Although there are many things I hate about that statement, I really HATE that their commute is an hour, and that that hour (10 hours a week per kid, mind you) is spent with strangers, some stranger than others! We had a transportation aide who was clearly a crack addict(which is what I call anyone who is over-medicated with pain killers and then goes to work with children as if they were stocking canned pears at Jewel.) Then, there was the bus staff who would ask Grace Anne to dance, and take pictures of her with her cell phone! (I searched for it on You-Tube every night!) And according to her teacher, that same bus driver dropped off a box of Maxim magazines to "donate" to the school. That's messed up. Finally, there was the driver who would lay on her horn as soon as she pulled up to my house at 8am. As if the cavalry of short yellow buses didn't draw enough attention to our house in the morning.
So in each of these cases, I called the bus company and told them that the staff that was transporting my child was not an appropriate role model for my child and I would be driving them to school until they could find a suitable replacement. Adding that after one week, I will be formally requesting mileage reimbursement. Got the school to corroborate by reporting any inappropriate behavior they witnessed IN WRITING, and they were replaced immediately! Some of these drivers/aides are the people that later, in the distant future, we will NOT be surprised to find out that they are not from here. And when I say HERE, or course, I mean Earth.
Thanks for the daily dose of validation that "it's not me, it's everyone else."
Another member of the Autism Army, fighting tooth and nail for her kids every single day. Thanks Aimee!