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  1. Merceda
    February 14, 2022 @ 8:25 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m elated for you! Awesome! And scared with you at the same time. And I can still feel the kindergartner-sized chairs on which my husband and I sat for our first IEP meeting. Like. It. Was. Yesterday! I am so happy for you all.

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    • MFMyers
      February 14, 2022 @ 3:05 pm

      I remember well the day we dropped off our son for college. Oh the emotions and processing we did. Thank you so much (as always) for sharing.

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  2. Sandy Laxner
    February 14, 2022 @ 8:35 am

    I’m blown away.So happy for Jack and your family!

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  3. Stacey Marsengill
    February 14, 2022 @ 8:52 am

    Congratulations! Praying for a smooth transition and peace for your heart.

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  4. Cyndy
    February 14, 2022 @ 8:54 am

    What awesome news for you all!! He’ll be better than you!

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  5. Susie
    February 14, 2022 @ 9:23 am

    Congratulations to Jack, that’s excellent news. Well done on every stepping stone which has led to this milestone.

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  6. cbspira
    February 14, 2022 @ 9:24 am

    I am actually crying years of joy for you for this moment. I am so happy that Jack has found his place…

    With regard to the meetings, I always try to bring a photo of my kid (or with the virtual meetings, I send a picture) so that on some level there’s a recognition that we’re discussing a live, unique child, not just a diagnosis on paper.

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  7. Kai
    February 14, 2022 @ 10:24 am

    YES JACK!! So happy for you and him! I knew he could do it, you knew he could do it.

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  8. dina1027
    February 14, 2022 @ 10:32 am

    Wow!! Are you able to share the name of the college? I have a son with similar needs as Jack, he’s a sophomore and I would love to hear more about this school.

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  9. Diane
    February 14, 2022 @ 10:59 am

    Congratulations to Jack from a teacher!!!

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  10. juliep
    February 14, 2022 @ 12:20 pm

    Congratulations to Jack & to you! I am a couple of years ahead of you on this next adventure. My son is currently a sophomore in college. “Thrilling & terrifying” is a fitting state of mind. I look forward to hearing more about this next step & please know we are out there reading that support & truly ‘get’ how you are feeling! Your beautiful essays always put what I am feeling into words that make sense & make me feel understood. Hugs and high fives to you!!

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  11. Maggie Britton
    February 14, 2022 @ 12:48 pm

    How exciting. Really, really exciting. I had been holding my breath hoping these past few weeks that Jack would be getting good news. Can’t wait to hear more about his new adventure as it unfolds.

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  12. K Smith
    February 14, 2022 @ 2:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, congratulations. I know how thrilled, and yet scared, you must be. I have followed you for a long time. So many times you have put into words exactly how I am feeling. Thank you for sharing your journey. My son (diagnosed way back when with PDD-NOS) is currently a junior in high school…only one more year until he is an “adult”. I am terrified. You have given me hope. ❤️

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  13. Betsy
    February 14, 2022 @ 2:36 pm

    Oh WOW!!! Congratulations. This gives me so much hope for my grandson who is 9 and he is autistic!! SO so great!!

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  14. Marianne
    February 14, 2022 @ 2:39 pm

    Congrats to the whole family but especially Jack. It’s always a celebration and time of sadness when your child is accepted into college. I know it’s compounded for you but I’ll pray for the right and attentive support for Jack to be able to succeed! How far away from home will Jack be?

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  15. Betsy+Jenkins
    February 14, 2022 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi! Can you tell me the name of this program/college that Jack got into? Congratulations! This is AMAZING! Way to go, Mama!

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  16. SCOTT WILCOX
    February 14, 2022 @ 5:04 pm

    Wonderful news, Carrie. One thing I always insisted on with all these meetings regarding my daughter,(on a cue from her pediatrician), and still was able to until Covid when everything went video: She must be in attendance at the meetings so they could face her as they would speak about her. I really felt that it made a big difference in the administrators’ attitudes. (This might be a suggestion for you younger parents/caregivers.)

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  17. Tamara Jean Sleeter
    February 14, 2022 @ 11:33 pm

    Bravo Jack, Bravo to everyone around you.

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  18. Kristin Trotter
    February 15, 2022 @ 8:45 am

    Yeah!!!! CONGRATULATIONS JACK and to your wonderful family. I have been hoping and praying for your wonderful news. Best of luck and look forward to many more updates.

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  19. Daile
    February 18, 2022 @ 1:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, that is AWESOME!!! Yay Jack! I’m so incredibly, INCREDIBLY proud of him!!

    You don’t know me, Carrie, but I’ve been a huge fan of yours for years. I’ve been reading your blog since 2014. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across it, actually, now that I think about it — I don’t have any friends or family members with autism — but however I found it, I’m glad I did. Your beautiful, sincere, eloquent weekly posts about your family and the joys and struggles that come with raising a child on the autism spectrum have taught me so much. I’ve never left you a comment before, but I was so excited when I read that Jack finally got accepted into college, I knew I had to reach out and congratulate you (and Jack of course!).

    I also just want to thank you for all you’ve taught me through your blog posts these past eight years. I have learned so much about the importance of kindness, empathy, sincerity, acceptance, keeping an open mind and embracing others who have different ways of thinking and communicating.

    Congrats again to both you and Jack on this huge milestone. I’m so proud of him! 😄

    Sincerely,
    Daile

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