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Parent of special needs child ‘exhausted’ by education struggles

Six-year-old Alana Ybarra started attending Willow Creek Elementary School in Tomball when she was three-and-a-half.

One of 751 special needs children in the district, Alana has a specialized legally-binding individual education plan, or IEP, in place to make sure her educational needs are constantly met.

Alana’s mother, Alma Duldulao-Ybarra, said not only is Alana’s plan not being followed, but the district has not listened to what is best for her daughter.

Alana is a quadriplegic due to cerebral palsy. She is wheelchair-bound and unable to speak, her mother explained. She has chronic lung disease and a visual impairment that gives her “pockets of vision, like Swiss cheese.”

Though she is unable to speak and coordinate her movements, Duldulao-Ybarra said she can tell her daughter is very bright.

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