There are some roads the show has chosen not to go down — by making a big point of the fact that J.J. is NOT in special ed, oh no no no, and having the principal and staff be hyper-cooperative rather than actively obstructionist. This means I will not get my dream of watching Mama Bear Maya take apart an IEP team (she could still be an advocate for a friend at an IEP meeting, right? right?) or fight an administration that doesn’t want any part of inclusion or her kid at all. That might not be so funny, I get it. I’ve been there, and it’s not funny at all. But I bet there are parents who were wishing they could jot down some script-written zingers for future use.
Fortunately, there are plenty of high-pressure special-needs-related situations still available for Maya to be righteously indignant at, and I look forward to watching her scorch some earth dealing with the following:
- An insurance company denying a claim.
- A doctor’s office keeping her and J.J. waiting for a couple of hours.
- A doctor acting like a know-it-all.
- Extended family members who snipe and second-guess.
- Gatekeepers who stand between her and equipment J.J. needs.
- Speech therapists who have opinions about J.J.’s communication options.
- A random visit from Child Protective Services.
- Employers who refuse to give J.J. a summer job.
- Online commenters.
- Crushing doubt and guilt that maybe every decision she’s ever made for her son has been wrong, driving her to hide in her room weeping while her family tiptoes lightly around.