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Good luck tomorrow Keep

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Icedcakeandflower Wed 01-May-13 17:58:22

Hope it goes well.

Scottishdancer Wed 01-May-13 18:02:19

Yes good luck for tomorrow

It isn't as bad as you might imagine.

I'd do it again. There is no way the LA will have put anything like the effort you have put into this and your child is very lucky to have you for an advocate.

Be proud of yourself already.

PolterGoose Wed 01-May-13 18:29:49

Good luck flowers

sweetteamum Wed 01-May-13 19:23:36

Good luck from me too. smile

Ineedmorepatience Wed 01-May-13 19:33:15

And from me, I am honking and flapping for you smile

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Wed 01-May-13 19:42:07

Thank you smile

Star - btw, FS advises photo and dress mumsy.

Still no working document angry. FS said she has not seen this happen for about 5 years! I thought they may send it at 5pm, but no. I am so glad we are being represented. I cannot imagine the stress of being handed the WD for the first time an hour before you represent yourself for the first time.

No matter how good the presentation of the case I can't help but being struck by the pincer movement of our experts (who have all worked together on tribunal cases in the past). Compared to the incompetence of the LA it is staggering. I'll let you know if it works.

Even so, nothing compares to the support and information I have found here over the last year. I started off thinking that DS1 was 'just' dyslexic because he didn't fit the 'classic' profile of ASD. I thought I had no real reason to read posts by others with ASD DC but then I found that they were talking about the same issues that I experienced.

Thank you all flowers

Very best of luck. Though you sound well prepared, so luck probably has nothing to do with it. smile

MareeyaDolores Wed 01-May-13 22:54:34

Keep, shock re lack of WD. Will cross my fingers it's because they're planning to roll over without a fight. Can't hurt to have them look thisinefficient and unprofessional, anyway wink.

inappropriatelyemployed Wed 01-May-13 23:21:25

GOOD LUCK!!!!!! Thinking of you xx

2006hildy Wed 01-May-13 23:24:19

Good luck from me too.

nennypops Wed 01-May-13 23:50:47

Who are your experts, Keep?

CheeseToasty Wed 01-May-13 23:56:56

Good luck!

Icedcakeandflower Thu 02-May-13 06:35:01

flowers flowers flowers

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 02-May-13 06:48:18

Represented by Fiona Slomovic, Ruth Birnbaum EP, Margo Sharp SALT, Head of indi ss.

Feeling nervous but ready.

I'll let you know how it went later.

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Thu 02-May-13 07:32:28

Good luck!

lougle Thu 02-May-13 07:37:10

You've got a SWAT team wink

Go get them. Your DS deserves an adequate education.

More like the Dream Team! Thinking of you today.

Naelith Thu 02-May-13 09:44:34

Good luck x

zen1 Thu 02-May-13 10:09:55

All the very best for today!

bjkmummy Thu 02-May-13 11:17:46

Good luck xxxxx sounds like you have an amazing team- sending you positive thoughts - can't believe you've not had a working document.

zzzzz Thu 02-May-13 11:56:46

Thinking of you.

ouryve Thu 02-May-13 12:25:10

Keeping up with the virtual brew Keep.

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 02-May-13 14:46:22

LA conceded at lunch-time grin

zzzzz Thu 02-May-13 15:00:40

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[gin] [champagne] wine

PolterGoose Thu 02-May-13 15:08:35

Wow grin

coff33pot Thu 02-May-13 15:46:41

YAY! grin wine thanks

Icedcakeandflower Thu 02-May-13 15:48:26

Just seen this, YAYYYYYYYYYY.

It's wine o'clock grin

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 02-May-13 16:18:11

Just got home and told DS1 who was remarkably unmoved.

LA brought the WD to the hearing in paper form only and not enough copies. Very little disagreement with parts 2 and 3 so we did this in front of panel. Then I gave evidence and then we broke for lunch and then the LA conceded.

There were too many people to fit around the table and so my witnesses were on the second row, waiting to pounce, but they didn't get a chance to speak. FS is going to apply for costs for today so hopefully we will get the hearing costs reimbursed.

Don't really like champagne but I am going to force several glasses down.


jiggles01 Thu 02-May-13 16:23:06

Fabulous news !!! So very well done have worked so hard ..
We also used Ruth.. she is fantastic

MareeyaDolores Thu 02-May-13 16:53:20

Yay yay yay yay grin grin thanks wine yay yay

Told you no WD was a good sign wink


I mean. Well done for having the tenacity to see this through and the determination and guts to get this far, and you should be extremely proud of yourself.

But I do hope you are awarded costs. The LA's behaviour needs to be checked and presumably you could do better things with the money.

But, congratulations and wine and I do hope that this win really helps your family from now on.

lougle Thu 02-May-13 20:26:15

Wow WoW WOW. SO...tell us. What have you won? grin

zzzzz Thu 02-May-13 20:35:22

I want to know what the prize is too! grin

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Thu 02-May-13 20:55:34

In 10 months we have gone from SA+ little support and 2nd refusal to assess to statement to LA conceding to out of county independent specialist school.

I have to say that FS was amazing - she somehow exudes authority that not only meant that the LA deferred to her but also the panel - including the judge - whilst believing her to be enormously helpful. She ran the show. It is totally staged and she plays it perfectly.

We only instructed FS late in the day, you can have her prepare the working document or just represent on the day. Best thing we did. Also having RB carry out an assessment of the LA named school - this is such a large part of the tribunal decision but we all spend our money on reports on our DC.

It really helped to have the A team waiting in the wings to give evidence and to have FS.

But if you have the A team the LA lose as they are a bunch of incompetent tossers. And then the LA pays the costs of the day.

Maybe we need to find some kind of bridging loan hmm. The costs of the day were about 5K but in reality we may never have to bear them but if the ability to bear the costs in the first place is an issue then you will not get the right provision.

beautifulgirls Thu 02-May-13 21:32:39

We used FS for our tribunal and got indi SS too. Our LA took us all the way with the hearing but we got everything we asked for. I have to say she was amazing and I totally agree with your post above. smile

NoHaudinMaWheest Thu 02-May-13 21:38:29

Great news, so pleased for you but sadand angry at all the hoops you had to jump through first.

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