Q&A Transportation and Private Schools

Q: I have enrolled my child in a private school in our town. She is also receiving special education services at our local district. We have been discussing if the District is responsible for providing transportation from my home to the private school. What are your thoughts?   A: We have Washington Administrative Codes (WAC 392-172A-04045: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=392-172A-04045) that […]

What Will Happen When We’re Gone? Planning for the Future for Your Child with Disabilities

Decide What You Want Thinking about what will happen to your child once you die, or are too ill to care for him or her, can be scary and raise your anxiety level. One technique is to think about what you don’t want for your child – for example, “I don’t want my son to […]

Home for the Holidays : The Gift of Positive Behavior Support

By Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd The holiday season is upon us! Good food, family gatherings, festive decorations, changing seasonal weather and a break from school may provide you and your family with peace, hope and joy.   If your child struggles with changes in routines, different food items on the menu, overstimulating environments, long periods of unstructured […]

Developmental Screening (Birth to Three and Medically needed developmental screening)

Developmental screening is the practice of systematically looking for and monitoring signs that a young child may be delayed in one or more areas of development. Screening is not meant to establish a diagnosis for the child, but rather to help professionals and families determine whether more in-depth assessment is the next step. By using […]

Inclusion Vs. Self-Contained Opportunities for Students in School

Debate continues even today on whether students should be educated in inclusive programs or self-contained programs. When looking at the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law never uses the word “inclusion,” instead the law refers to “Least Restrictive Environment” or LRE. For some students LRE cannot be achieved in a fully “inclusive” classroom. […]

It’s Re-enrollment Time Again

The enrollment period for the Healthcare Exchange is November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. If you need to re-enroll, or change options, there are several things to remember. This article will look at the different methods of getting enrolled, what you should gather together to help with enrollment, and what kinds of questions help you […]

Guardianship…Did you know that the Annual Letters of Guardianship Expire?

“Guardians are required to provide the Court with periodic reports on the status of the incapacitated person and the administration of the guardianship.  The order which appointed the guardian and subsequent orders approving periodic reports specified and period of 12, 24, 36 months; the report must be filed within 90 days of the end of […]