Katherine Visser was at a loss for how to help her son. “He didn’t fit anywhere,” she said of her son Jordan’s struggles at school. Doctors couldn’t explain his motor coordination and vision problems. Finally, Jordan was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy. With that information, Jordan’s school was able to accommodate his needs and help him function at grade level.
The trouble began when the Vissers moved. According to Katherine, the teacher and principal at the new school forged a parental notice taking away supports mandated in Jordan’s IEP, and Jordan was again struggling.
Then, when Katherine sought legal advice, she learned about Arizona’s education savings accounts, which provides a savings account for kids like Jordan. Money in the account can be used for a variety of education services, and Jordan is now attending Sierra Academy, which specializes in helping students with special needs. Now eight years old, Jordan is enjoying reading and math. “It’s been a Godsend,” Katherine says.