How do you express your feelings when a team of experts sits you down to tell you your child is developmentally disabled?
When Janice Fialka of Huntington Woods came home reeling from such a case conference about her five-year-old son Micah, she sat down and tried to put her feelings into words.
The result was a poem she calls Advice to Professionals who must "conference cases."
"I want my son back," she writes. "I want him back now. Then I'll get on with my life."
And that she did. Fialka and her family - husband Rich, daughter Emma and son Micah - launched themselves on a mission to prove that labels and IQ tests are not true measures of someone's ability to be valuable to the world, to contribute, to learn.