Previously on this blog we have warned parents of children with special needs of the importance of exploring the appropriateness of any charter school prior to enrolling their child within that educational environment. While a charter school may end up being a great environment for one child, it may not be appropriate for another child's unique needs. The best advice would be to bring your child's IEP to the prospective charter school prior to enrollment, so as to ensure that your child's placement and program can be appropriately provided for within this environment.
There is no denying the sharp increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis over the past few decades. Parents, teachers, and other professionals often argue over issues like drug treatment and proper special education services.
Navigating through the maze of special education programs can be overwhelming. Understanding more about the laws and the process as a whole can better prepare you to discuss your child's needs with the school. Here is a starting point in your journey to learn as much about your child's rights as possible.
Millions of children qualify for special education services each year based upon specific disabilities. Severe language disabilities may prevent a child from speaking in class and participating in activities. Muscle weaknesses may hinder writing abilities, which affect the Student's writing assignments and homework. However, in some cases, the negative impact of your child's disability may not be as obvious.
What is common core?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all public schools to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. This means that your child still has the right to services under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) even if you choose to send him or her to an alternative public school placement.
"One guiding principal of the IFSP is that the family is a child's greatest resource..."
Your child has not shown progress through his or her current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) placement. Is he or she ready for a nonpublic school placement?
You have received a 'no' from the school after making a written request for an assessment or change to your child's IEP. Unless the 'no' is in a writing that looks like this, as provided by the U.S. Department of Education, keep reading.
Determining the supports and services required to satisfy a student's unique needs can be a difficult process. Under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), schools have a duty to "consider the communication needs of the child" and "consider whether the child needs assistive technology (AT) devices and services." If you believe that your child may benefit from supportive services such as AT or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices, request an AT or AAC evaluation in writing.