Help 10 year old Seraph be safe and included in school !

For: Seraph Isaac Jones
Organizer: Andrea Angel Jones
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The Story

Seraph is a 10 year old boy on the Autism Spectrum. 

He loves computer games, microbiology and water slides.  He's great at sharing. :-) 

Due to his disability, he has difficulty with communication, sensory overload, and making friends. 

This is his first year in public school and we had been so hopeful that professional educators would help him develop his communication and social skills so he could access his education. Instead my son is suffering in the school system. 

His disability symptoms are misunderstood as merely bad behaviors and he is being punished for them- to the point that in February, a sensory issue was dealt with by a school resource officer grabbing and taking him to the floor scraping off layers of skin from around his eye. He was of no danger to anyone at the time, and had no history of being a danger to others. Instead of being treated like a 10 year old autistic elementary school child, he was treated as a criminal. 

The violations of his safety were not limited to this event either. He also, like many autistic children, runs off when overwhelmed. He has ran from PE to the parking lot to sit alone multiple times, and not always noticed by staff. 

The school is refusing him the help he needs. They are trying to manage autism with punishments instead of giving him the appropriate therapy, accommodations, support and one-on-one supervision he requires to learn. Their methods haven't been working all year and has only increased my son's anxiety at school and has even unnecessarily triggered/escalated incidents only to punish him more. He is a bright and amazing kid and they're missing him and hurting him while making him out to be a "bad" kid and a problem-instead of a child who has an unmet need. 

To ensure that his IEP is redone so he is  protected him from this continuing ( by including a prevention-based safety and crisis plan and appropriate accommodations, services and instruction on how to understand and respond to his autism-related behaviors)  we have to get evaluations analyzing his behaviors , communication ability and his sensory symptoms etc. The school district is currently delaying and denying those evaluations.

Please help.

The first evaluation is $1650.00 out of pocket (edit: it is actually $1800 out-of-pocket), and we just don't have that- and insurance won't cover it.

My husband is a Disney employee and he works hard but we still end up paycheck to paycheck . We are limited to a one-person income right now as having a child with a disability is time-intensive  and requires a caregiver always on call.

This is a great kid and I'm so scared for him. I don't know what else to do at this point so I am reaching out to friends family and the kindness of strangers . Its a long road ahead of us I think. Thank you for any help you are able to offer and please keep us in your thoughts. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 2, 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017

Thanks to you we've been able to make a down payment to schedule the first of his evaluations. The total for this first evaluation will be 1800. We are almost there! With your help we have been able to raise and save $1200 to put towards it! However, we still need $600 by June 6, 2017 in order for him to make the evaluation appointments and need your help!  Thank you so much!

Love and gratitude,

the Jones family

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