Been a year since I graduated from middle school. Hard to believe I made it through 9th grade! In all seriousness, I really had a lot of worry about the reality of having to take all regular classes. Taking all my classes was a major challenge, and one I am happy to say I feel proud of.
(Written for Enhanced Lit class – 9th grade 10/1/14 – Dillan was asked to write a letter to his parents as one of his own teachers)
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Barmache,
I am Dillan’s teacher, and I have laughed at the idea of having an autistic student in my class until I met Dillan. Matter of fact, I never thought a student who could not speak and could not control himself would have thoughts at a level of other students. I’ve been able to get to know many of Dillan’s strengths, as well as his challenges. I feel that some of the necessary skills that a student needs to succeed are quite evident in Dillan. For example, he always tries taking a break to allow himself a chance to calm. And he never quits so long as caring people around him support his attempts. Also, patience is a quality, and I see having autism must require having an enormous amount of it. And finally, I see how Dillan really wants to be challenged. And I hope he always will be.