High School Halt: Ways to Support Youth Working on Adult Life Plans During the School Shutdown

School closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been a shock to families everywhere but may feel especially confusing for those who are working toward graduation and life-after-high-school plans. Parents and students may be wondering what will enable students to complete work toward their diplomas, to meet college admission requirements or to continue work toward Read More

School Shutdown: Pandemic Guidance for Families also Impacted by Disability

A Brief Overview During school building closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools grapple with how to provide basic education that is equitable for students with disabilities. Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, provided information March 19, 2020, in a webinar, shortly before issuing guidance that all schools provide some form of distance learning by Read More

New Immigration Rules: Public Services May Impact Eligibility for U.S. Residency

On Feb. 24, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented new rules nationwide that impact immigrants who wish to become permanent or long-term residents. Since the policy change, some benefits that families receive may count against them if they apply for residency. Called Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, the new rule prohibits permanent residency Read More

Adolescent Health Care Act Provides Options for Families Seeking Mental Health and Substance Use Help for Young People Resistant to Treatment

A Brief Overview The Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act, passed into law by the Washington Legislature in 2019, gives parents and providers more leverage in treating a young person who won’t or can’t independently seek medical help for mental illness and/or substance use disorder. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) in March 2020 Read More

Attention Students: Lead your own IEP meetings and take charge of your future

A Brief Overview By the time you are 16 years old, the school is required to invite you to your IEP meetings. You can attend any time, and leading your own meeting is a great way to learn important skills. If you need more help at school or aren’t learning what you need to learn, Read More