Patricia Moody’s PATH to Success
Patricia was starting high school out of our district at SrHS. The students did not know her. Would they accept her? We approached high school with trepidation. But, we had hopes and dreams for our daughter. Would the teachers share our hopes and dreams? We knew about the PatH from the Florida inclusion network and we requested it for Patricia in the spring before she entered SrHS. We invited her grandmothers, her teacher, therapists and the aide from middle school, and of course, Patricia. We prepared yummy eats (it takes 2 to 3 hours to complete the PatH). The day of the PatH we were met with the principal and four teachers – what support!
The atmosphere was happy. It was a time to be hopeful and freely express our dreams for Patricia. And yes, Patricia expressed herself all during the time we were working on her PatH. All of us were directed to focus on our dreams for Patricia, no holds barred, realistic or not. While we were all sharing during the PatH process, a team member was diligently illustrating our suggestions. The first thing she illustrated was a large yellow star and she wrote “north Star” – that got everything started. We let loose with a profusion of dreams: We want Patricia to graduate, know how to handle money, learn to cook, be healthy, be active, be happy, shop with friends, have a church life, get married, be independent. Patricia was in agreement and she contributed these things: she wanted to use sign language all her life, go to irSc, be in a church choir, live in a 3-story home of her own, have a family farm, take care of sick animals, go to football games, and go skating and horseback riding.
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