Comedian Dena Blizzard tries to approach her daughter’s learning and thinking differences with a sense of humor. She’s talked about her experiences on Understood and in her comedy work.
But after a difficult IEP meeting on Monday, she let her emotions pour out in a Facebook Live video.
The video went viral within hours. By Thursday, more than 100,000 people had viewed it. And close to 3,000 parents had left comments offering their support.
You're amazing. Stay strong and advocate on. Your child is a very lucky child.
In the same boat! Always end up in tears in my car! Never, never, never give up.
Right there with you Dena... my daughter is going through the same things getting ready to enter high school... Keep fighting...
IEP meetings can be stressful and confusing for many parents. We have similar stories from Understood parents.
- Read stories about how other parents have handled the challenges.
- Read about what happened when one parent rejected her child’s IEP.
- Hear what parents have to say about crying at IEP meetings.
Understood also has the information you need to navigate every step of your IEP journey.
- Get answers to legal questions about IEP meetings.
- Find out what to ask before and during IEP meetings.
- Download a list of questions to ask about your child’s IEP goals.
- Learn what to do when the teacher doesn’t follow your child’s IEP.
This powerful video gave voice to the frustrations and hopes of so many others in similar situations. All parents deserve to be heard and supported when it comes to helping their child with learning and thinking differences.
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Gail Belsky is executive editor at Understood. She has written and edited for major media outlets, specializing in parenting, health, and career content.