Evaluations Part 3: The Nitty Gritty

To help you navigate the evaluation process with more insight and empowerment, here are a few tips: Document Everything Calls to PAVE sometimes start like this: “I’ve been asking for an IEP since 2nd grade, and now my son is in 4th grade struggling. Why didn’t he get an IEP?” We’ll ask, “Did you request 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

Suspension Know your Rights

A Dear Colleague Letter The US Department of Education (DOE), in an effort to keep families and educators informed, has produced a number of Dear Colleague Letters on topics of concern. Among these are two addressing issues around discipline, suspension/expulsion, and the use of School Resource Officers (SRO’s). These are critical topics of concern considering the Read More

Q&A – Should the Whole Team be Present for an IEP?

Amending the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Q: My son’s special education teacher informed me she wants to have a meeting to amend his Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is not time for his annual review, but he has met some goals and objectives and she would like to change them. Do you think this is a Read More

How do I prepare for my IEP? What should you bring?

Preparing for a new school year brings with it much in the way of planning. We want to be sure we have new clothes and shoes for the kids, that we have gotten all the supplies on the school/class list, and have gotten our kids to begin back on their school year routines for bed Read More