1. candidkay
    September 18, 2017 @ 9:56 am

    Brought tears to my eyes. Thank God for Elizabeth and her courage–and the courage of those that took that tiny spark and fanned it!


  2. Jodi
    September 18, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    Bravo, Elizabeth!!! The world needs more people like you! (And bravo to Elizabeth’s family for teaching her great values.)


  3. Merceda Reale
    September 18, 2017 @ 10:49 am

    Wow! Elizabeth is wise beyond her years. And thanks for all you do, too, Carrie. So what’s for dinner tonight?! Hugs!!!


  4. Mandy Plog
    September 18, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    I live in Nebraska, and our state Nebraska Department of Education released a document many years ago titled “Graduation Considerations for Students with Disabilities.” This document encouraged schools to allow “social graduation” to let students walk across the regular stage on the regular day with their same age peers, even if they continue in an 18-21 year old program. This also recommended schools to do a full evaluation the last year of school eligibility so that parents could take updated information into adult services and not have to face the hurdle of getting an evaluation done privately and possibly having to pay for it on their own. I feel our NDE is very proactive on this issue, so it is now common for all students in special education to participate in regular graduation activities, even if they did not earn the required credits. The student then receives the signed diploma when then complete the IEP requirements. The students can only participate in walking across the stage one time, even if the school program extends past the peer graduation year, so it can be with peers or when they actually complete the program, whatever the IEP team decides is most appropriate.


  5. Beth Honji
    September 18, 2017 @ 11:52 am

    My oldest son walked this past June with the kids he started in preschool with and went to school with until Grade 9. I thought it was mostly for me but he loved it and did amazing at it. He loved seeing all his old friends and it helped him to see that it was an end of a chapter. They were going on to College and he still needs to keep working on some areas. He is in an 18-22 year program. He has been residential for the past 3 years but he is finally ready to come home. My heart was bursting with pride. He did not get the same diploma but no one knew that; he got a certificate of completion.
    My younger son starts high school next year and I’m hoping he will get a diploma. I will fight hard for him to stay in the system. They are all so unique. I wouldn’t change a thing about him walking with his friends though from childhood. A memory we will both cherish forever.


  6. Carroll Dodd
    September 18, 2017 @ 9:27 pm

    I know a few awesome kids and parents who can relate! I shared this on facebook because I know someone who recently was included in her high school graduation in the Treasure valley area of Idaho. She was JUST as excited as ALL High School graduates i have come to love.

    Thank you!


  7. Stephs Two Girls
    September 19, 2017 @ 3:27 am

    Brilliant. Shame on the adults, who even with all their life experience, couldn’t see this. Huge thanks to Elizabeth for caring x


  8. Brittany V
    September 20, 2017 @ 10:16 pm

    This is awesome… the world needs more Elizabeths for sure… one person really can change the world.

    “I only have one match, but I can make an explosion”


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