|Comment Period||Ends 11/5/2008|
It is most important that guidance counselors at all schools in Virginia understand the importance of encouraging students with disabilities to achieve their best, to never give up. My daughter had an awful guidance counselor at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake that totally discouraged my daughter from believing that she could achieve in any area. Western Branch High School was no better either in this area. Of course, this was very disheartening for my daughter, as she is on the autistic spectrum. Virginia has no idea how to reach students on the autistic spectrum and they need to provide greater professional development for guidance counselors, especially, and special education teachers on the different needs of children with autism. I do believe that children in this category are not receiving a FAPE in Virginia.