Sandra Nixon Twitter @sanixon Richmond Education Party school board candidate supports ADHD students in BC schools and will ask BC Education Minister Rob Fleming to follow through on his promise to ADHD students in BC to add ADHD as a stand-alone category in special education so ADHD students can get accommodations and IEP’s (Individual Education Programs.) #IEPsForADHD
Thanks @sanixon I hope other school board Trustees in Richmond will follow your lead and commit to asking BC Education Minister Rob Fleming when he will fulfil his promise to ADHD students add ADHD as a stand-alone category in special education that he made more than 10 months ago (December 4th, 2017).
Here are the emails with one of our volunteers.
“From: Sandra Nixon
Subject: Re: IEP for ADHD students
Yes, I absolutely support IEPs for students with ADHD in the Richmond School District. I believe this is a medical issue and should be treated as such, and that students should be given the supports they need.
An IEP would be an effective support framework, and then the school board needs to continue to advocate strongly for additional funding for proper levels of resource teachers educational support workers and mental health supports that are needed to offer the appropriate level of support for students with ADHD.
It’s important that students get the help they need as soon as issues arise. I am sorry that your son did not receive the diagnosis or support he needed at school.
My own son has struggled with anxiety since Grade 5 and has had school attendance issues as a result. I have also been advocating (and will continue to advocate) for better mental health programs and supports in addition to IEPs and more funding for ADHD.
This is one reason I chose to run for the Board of Education, as our family experienced first-hand the gaps in services and supports for students with mental health issues.
I am also happy to contact Rob Fleming to ask him to follow through on his promise to have IEPs for ADHD here in BC.
Thank you for writing and for continuing to advocate on this issue on behalf of Richmond students.
Re-elect Sandra Nixon
For Board of Education Trustee
Richmond Education Party”
If you see any other political parties or independent school board candidates who have any policies on the biggest number of students with special needs, ADHD in their platform, please thank them and send me that information so I can post it online.
Always important to reward good behaviour on ADHD because it is so rare by politicians.