I will try to be brief but this might be long - sorry. My DS6 is ASD and in a self-contained K-1 classroom. He has had a wonderful year and made huge gains. Things started to go a bit wrong when his IEP was held without our attendance. He has been in school since he was 3yrs and we have NEVER missed any meeting, both dh and I have attended every single one. We did insist that they have another meeting with us in attendance. At that meeting (in March) we agreed that it was too early to try and decide on placement for 07-08, we would re-meet in May to make that decision. They gave us the option of a 2nd-3rd grade self-contained at a different school or inclusion with resource aide in his home school(not where he is now). Now both of these involve a change in school, again! He has been at 3 schools in 4yrs. I find this a bit ironic that they are having children that have difficulty with change/transitions and problems with social issues move around so much. Now here is the real kicker. There is a new district policy that does not allow parents to view programs while children are present due to "privacy" issues. This puzzled us, how can we choose a program if we cannot view it?! Has anyone had this same problem? I've talked to a friend that is a psychologist in the neighboring district and she has never heard of such a thing and said we should push for viewing. We then asked to meet the prospective teachers to find out about the programs but that was met with resistance too. They do not allow parents to "shop" for teachers. Any thoughts/recommendations???? We are very new to IEPs and such, does anyone have any resources in the Chicago area that we could get info on an advocate or someone that can help steer us through the laws and what our rights are since I know the school isn't going to help in that area? Thanks for all your help!