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

Back To School for Special Education – Check List!

Step 1 Create a one-page fact sheet about your child, with a picture of your child or family attached. This will let the teacher know that your child has a family that loves and supports him or her.  Include the positives about your child and your goals for your child educationally this year. Tell the teacher Read More

Top Ten Signs …  That You’re Going to  Have a Bad IEP Meeting

By Colleen F. Tomko Take a Moment to Laugh The IEP invitation lists “drive-thru” hours. When you get to the meeting, the staff want to know what you are doing there. They give you complimentary white flags and tissues. Your child’s student ID # is 666. They try to convince you that the attending speech 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

Justin’s Transition to College

My name is Sybille and I’m the parent of a 22 year old son, Justin, who is diagnosed with high functioning autism. I would like to share our experience with transition from high school to adulthood, as well as share a couple resources that have helped us tremendously. Justin was introduced to the Division of Read More

Communication; Tips to Help you Advocate for Your Child

Here are some tips that will help you be the best Advocate for the child you love Take someone to the meeting with you.  It helps to have another person to listen and take notes for you.  You can tape record the meeting to review later or share with your spouse, a relative, friend, or Read More

Procedural Safeguards for Students and Their Families

Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Federal Regulations, and the State Rules Governing Special Education Special Education: A service, not a place. Special Education Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction—Dr. Douglas H. Gill, Director of Special Education; Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Ken Kanikeberg, Chief of Staff; Gil Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent, Special Programs and Federal Read More

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities

Top 10 facts parents, educators, and students need to know Reprinted with permission from PACER The facts — Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. Bullying of children with disabilities is significant but there is very little research to document it. Only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on Read More

Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident—Using a Template Letter

What to do if you want to let the school know about a bullying incident Reprinted with permission from PACER Parents should contact school staff in writing each time their child informs them that he or she has been bullied. PACER Center has created three letters that parents may use as a guide for writing a letter Read More