A request for networking help:

You guys there is SO MUCH bullshit going on in MT in EI/deaf ed. The entire state and all deaf people, really, but cartoon-villain-like shit happening with the kids. (🧵 1/)

TL;DR how does one whistleblow Part C violations?

#deaf #deaftwitter
I know it's not just MT, and I know I'm one of many people fighting battles in this war. But there are some specifics here (& I have already done a LOT of work on this) so please FIRST read through my little preamble thread and THEN reply with suggestions <3 (2/
The fundamental problems are (a) a complete lack of services (not like, we don't provide enough support. Like, no one qualified do to that lives in this state.) (B) An old guard set of (hearing) people running everything- the same people who have been running it for 20 years (3/
(c) a bizarro libertarian mess of a system with no accountability and a tradition of individual decisions overriding stated policies

and (d) a tiny rural, population spread over an enormous amount of land.

Resulting in just an absolute accessibility vaccuum.(4/
Anyway I'm looking for a specific kind of help- I don't need connections to advocates for ASL or early intervention specialists or organizations. And I'm not looking for general advice or suggestions ("Try the IDEA website! Contact your state's Part C office! NAD! DRM!") (5/
I am looking for individual people (+/- JD, idc) who know ALL (or most) of the obscure details of how IDEA works _at the state level_, particularly funding, reporting, and oversight. Hypothetically, what are states supposed to be doing? Hypothetically, how does MT compare? (6/
& I'm looking for someone willing to talk to me about the details here- where exactly is the money supposed to go, how exactly are things supposed to be organized, specific violations of federal guidelines, how to address issues, what typical outcomes of various actions are (7/
Are you someone like that? Do you know someone like that? Like, know their name and can introduce me? I have some funding for consulting fees and I'm not on a particular timeline. I would like an individual tutorial session about IDEA (mostly Part C, some B). ASL or English (8/
And once again, I love you all dearly, but PLEASE I BEG you not to do the thing where everyone chimes in with suggestions about where else to look or who else to ask about it. I'm looking for a direct (er... twitter) friend-of-a-friend type connection. Thank you the end xoxo 9/9
My tweets have no room so I am adding all my tags here which may or may not be a functional strategy I still do not actually know how to use twitter.

@seanmaiwald @DeafEdAdvocate @JulieRems @wyattehall @jmhenner @askmewhyisign #IDEApartC #EarlyIntervention #PleaseSendTheFeds

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