[dbmat] Re: School intervener

  • From: Caroline Daley <carolinedaley@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:10:16 -0500

7 yr fight
We started with them saying "mrs daley, you can't say that word"
BUT good news is with the DBMD and the career ladder spelled out for 
interveners on a state
level you are starting at a much better place. YEAH to DBMAT and Steve for 
that!  You want to become very familiar with DADS and the
career ladder so you can reference the levels of training and you know the 
There's a lot of hurdles to get through, here are just a few
* educating your school on all levels (teachers, admins etc)What is an 
intervener, how are the used, why do we need them
 This page can help you 
*Convince them your particular child needs one- for this one we hired one to 
work with lauren outside of school and they couldn't deny her progress in a 
short period of time and it was evident that an intervener was the difference
*Pay rate set better than para so that they have the $ to hire someone with 
training- we used the state pay rates to show them what would be more fair. 
they don't pay as well as the dbmd waiver but they do pay better than 
para...it's a work in progress
Our attitude was that we didn't ask for anything that we ourselves did research 
and put to use with lauren. So if we wanted an intervener in school we figured 
out we needed to get her one in the community and prove to ourselves and then 
to school that this was the right choice. Same with Symbol cards, Sign lang 
etc. We did it all at home with support and then could show...look she gets 
it...this is the right way.
You have a way better case now b/c there are other families including ours who 
have them in place which means you can refer to our districts- mine is humble 
isd.  But it's not automatic, you are still going to have to find a way to show 
that your particular child benefits...I say that because I have heard many many 
people argue that interveners are not for everyone. I think this is crazy but 
it seems to be out there. 

Subject: [dbmat] Re: School intervener
From: armccarty72705@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:52:58 -0500
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Did you have to fight for it, or did the school agree right away?  

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On Mar 18, 2015, at 10:47 AM, Caroline Daley <carolinedaley@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Yes we do
Caroline Daley
> Subject: [dbmat] School intervener
> From: armccarty72705@xxxxxxxxx
> Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:11:21 -0500
> To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Does anyone's child have an intervener at school?  If so, how did you get it 
> approved?
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