Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

A Brief Overview: Preparing for an emergency is crucial for all families, especially those that have loved ones with special needs. Here is the general overview of the essentials: Educate yourself on the potential situations that may impact your family and community resources available if an emergency occurs. Make a personalized plan for your family. […]

Social Emotional Learning, Part 1: The Importance of Compassionate Schools

A Brief Overview: OSPI has introduced a five-segment training program for school staff focused on Social-Emotional Learning. This program is designed to help school staff understand their roles in promoting students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making. This program encourages staff to use trouble moments as opportunities to understand unmet needs – meeting these moments […]

Evaluations Part 2: Next Steps if the School Says ‘No’ to Your Request

Parents have a variety of choices if the school denies an initial request to evaluate a student for special education. Here are some options:      1. Consider whether disability is a factor. Your child’s struggles at school will not provide a qualifying basis for special education unless a disability is determined to have an impact. The general rule is that a school must evaluate your child if there is reason to suspect a disability. When considering […]

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 […]