Attention Teens: You Can Lead Your IEP Meeting

If you are a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you are in charge—even if no one ever told you that! This individualized program and all that paperwork are about you: your goals, skills, interests….  As members of your IEP team, the school and your parents are offering to help you be your most Read More

Tips to Make a Well-Informed Transition into Life After High School

A Brief Overview Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) need to have a Transitions Plan written into the IEP by the school year when they turn 16, but it’s never too soon to start talking, planning and envisioning the future. Students can stay in school until they are 21—an option for youth who need Read More

Washington State Offers a New Option for Employment and Housing Support

Employment and housing can be critical to good health, and the State of Washington has recognized that more supports are needed in these key areas. In January 2018, the state launched a new program to support individuals with complex care needs because of physical or mental impairments by helping them to find and keep jobs and homes.  The pilot project provides housing and employment supports to individuals who Read More

A Recent Supreme Court Ruling Could Impact Your Child’s IEP

A Brief Overview  The parents of a child named Endrew F argued that their son with a disability deserved more from his public school. They appealed their case all the way to the Supreme Court, and the ruling in their favor could mean more robust rights for all children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  The implications of this unanimous decision are reverberating through schools and agencies that oversee special education. Read on to learn Read More

Social Emotional Learning, Part 2: Trauma-Informed Instruction

A Brief Overview Washington State has made trauma-informed instruction a priority. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has a new online training program to equip school staff with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) techniques and tools. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) make children much more likely to struggle with troubling behaviors and school suspensions. Understanding Read More