Navigating Special Education in Private School 

When a family chooses a private school for a student with a disability, the laws and policies for special education are a bit different than they are in a full-time public-school placement. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates individualized programming for eligible students with disabilities that provide meaningful access to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The law also mandates that public schools seek out […]

Evaluations Part 1: First Step for Special Education

If your child is struggling in school and might have a disability, you can request an evaluation to see if your child qualifies for special education programming. Evaluations can be requested by a parent/guardian, a teacher or an administrator. The evaluation will determine whether the student’s education is being impacted by an impairment that might be physical or mental.   An evaluation will look for difficulties in all areas of suspected disability, so […]

Get Help From PAVE!

We are improving our intake process to help families, youth and professionals. We have two ways to, Get Help!  1. Call 1-800-5PARENT (572-7368) and select extension 115, English or Spanish available, to leave a dedicated message. OR 2. Go online to fill out a form to Get Help!    For the English form: click on the following link http://wapave.org/get-help/  For the […]

Temporary Home/Hospital Instruction for Students with Special Medical Needs

Home Hospital Instruction (H/H)  provides ongoing education at home or in a hospital for a student who can’t be in school because of a temporarily disabling physical or mental impairment. The student, family members and the school district work as a team to determine the best possible H/H program to meet an individual’s abilities and needs. H/H Instruction is offered for a student with a qualifying illness or disability […]

Transition from Child Based to Adult Based Services in Behavioral Health

  Transition to adulthood is  difficult for all young adults, but if you are a young adult who utilizes Behavioral Health or Substance Use Disorder services it can be confusing and overwhelming. It is also difficult for the parents and guardians who support them. Moving from child based to adult based services takes some preparation […]

Suspension Know your Rights – A Dear Colleague Letter

The US Department of Education (DOE),  in an effort to keep families and educators informed, has produced a number of Dear Colleague Letters on topics of concern. Among these are two addressing issues around discipline, suspension/expulsion, and the use of School Resource Officers (SRO’s). These are critical topics of concern considering the many long-term negative […]