I am writing to advocate for my son and the many other children out there who struggle daily with a mood disorder that affects ALL aspects of their life, including access to education. Our family is very thankful that, rightly, my son qualifies for and receives special education services in a school appropriate to his needs. This involved an enormous amount of research, hard work and hiring an advocate to help us navigate this elusive educational path. The topic of education is a very large can of worms that would create much discussion and debate. There is one particular topic that, I feel, is a significant source of stigma and subsequent fear for parents: disability classification for special education services. My son’s behavior and mood impede his access to education and therefore his primary disability classification is “Emotional Disturbance”. I am an educated adult that should understand this LABEL provides my child with needed services and placement, however, this LABEL sits like a giant bolder in the pit of my stomach. I worry that every educational professional who comes in contact with my son will have developed a preconceived notion of him, and our family, based on this LABEL. I have met many families who do not want to accept special education services when this LABEL was stated as the classification for fear of stigma within their school system. “Emotional Disturbance” is a negative, archaic, educational LABEL that needs to be changed for the inclusion of our children.