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