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

A Variety of Choices: Parents have a variety of choices if the school denies an initial request to evaluate a student for special education. Here are some options: 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 Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) can dramatically affect the success of your special needs family member. AT can give students equal access to curriculum, the work environment, or any other environment that use government funding.  Assistive Technology includes devices that are used by individuals in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. The Read More

Navigating Special Education in Private School

Laws & Policies are Different: 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 Read More