From the time my son Matthew was 6-months old, I have been advocating for him. I noticed he was not meeting milestones and was delayed, but it took 2 years for a physician to hear me and get testing done. I received the diagnosis of Autism and ADHD. At that point I worked tirelessly to find the right specialists and learning systems to help him be the best that he can be, with the end goal of him graduating high school and being a productive member of society. As the years went by, I found all the PT, OT, SLP, resource centers, and moved to Arizona for help, but still was in search of the right school.
I wanted a school and teaching staff that accepted Matthew for who he is, met him where he was at, and took the fight with me to help him learn, graduate and be productive. After moving here in May 2018, I enrolled Matthew in a small high school, but again felt he was being pushed along because it was easier. I researched and found Brightmont Academy, made a call, and the next thing I know, I'm sitting in front of Janie Rosenthal, Director at the Brightmont Academy - Deer Valley campus. She not only gave me all the information about the school, but actually listened to understand my concerns with Matthew's education and what my goals were for him. She was upbeat and I finally felt that Matthew would be successful. She even kept in contact with me while I waited to hear about obtaining Matthew's Empowerment Scholarship. Each time I spoke with Janie, I felt that there was no limit on what Matthew would accomplish at Brightmont Academy.