Evaluations Part 1: First Step for Special Education

How to Request Evaluations: 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 Read More

Q&A – IEP vs 504

You Asked, We Answered! Question One: My son was evaluated by my district and they determined that he was not eligible for an IEP but recommended a 504 plan. I asked for a copy of the Evaluation Report at the meeting and was told they would get it to me as soon as it was finalized. That was Read More

Does my child qualify for Assistive Technology (AT) in school?

If your child is eligible for special education or Section 504 accommodations, then the answer is “yes” if the assistive technology (AT) is necessary to achieve a “free and appropriate public education”. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA), states “The Individualized Education Program, (IEP), team shall consider whether the child requires assistive technology devices and Read More

Can I Get Accommodations for College Entrance Exams?

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience for any teenager. Part of the transition process is preparing for and taking the entrance exams for college. If the student is receiving accommodations in school, they may qualify to receive special accommodations when taking a college entrance exam. Being aware of the Read More

Section 504 Nondiscrimination Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 at Reg. 104.4 “No qualified handicapped person shall, on the basis of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity which receives benefits from Federal Financial Assistance.” Established in 1973 and based on Civil Rights Legislation of 1964, Section Read More