"All schools have an affirmative duty to locate, identify and provide services to children who may have disabilities."
Moving is stressful enough. Amongst hiring help and labeling boxes, you shouldn't have to worry about your child's education, especially when your child requires special education services.
Many children are shy and quiet at school. They eventually find a friend or two, begin to open up in class, and may even initiate conversations with a teacher or unfamiliar student. This is not your child. At school, your child freezes when asked a question, speaks in a whisper, or is completely silent. Yet at home, in the comfort of close family and friends, he or she has no problem rambling on about his or her day. This severe discrepancy in behavior may be caused by Selective Mutism (SM).
One of the most critical steps to understanding your child's specific educational needs is obtaining appropriate assessments. Once your child has been appropriately assessed within all areas of need, both yourself and the IEP team will have a much better understanding of how to best maximize your child's learning potential. Therefore, it is important that all parents understand the legal requirement for school districts to comprehensively assess students in all suspected areas of need.
Based upon reports from various states regarding the practice of restraint and seclusion of various children qualified to receive special education supports, the United States Congress is currently holding hearings regarding these practices. Much of the hearings have centered around testimony regarding unsafe and injurious restraints and seclusion. However, earlier this month various individuals testified as to the positive benefits that proper restraint techniques had on their children.
"Child Find" is a concept that refers to the affirmative, ongoing obligation of states and local school districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction that either have or are suspected of having disabilities and need special education as a result of those disabilities. The Individuals With Disabilities In Education Act ("IDEA") includes a "child find" mandate that all children with special education needs be evaluated and that their needs be identified and special education services be provided where applicable.
Recently, in Buffalo, NY, a 14 year old high school student committed suicide due to repeated instances of bullying by peers due to his sexual orientation. Following a criminal investigation which resulted in no charges filed against the perpetrators, the Williamsville Central School District suspended several teens suspected to have been involved. This tragic event is only the most recent in a long line of bullying instances across the United States.
As a parent of a special education child you may find yourself burdened with extra costs for providing therapies, related services, specialized medical services, or even modifying your home to accommodate your child's physical needs. These costs may now be a medical-expense deduction. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on November 12, 2011, costs that should be borne by a school district under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 or costs related to the "diagnosis, cure, mitigation, or treatment...primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness" (IRS publication 502) may be deductible.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, Part C is the provision of services for children with disabilities from birth to age 2. Part C, was recently updated on September 6, 2011, and the changes were published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2011. Some of the major changes that every parent should be aware of whose child is receiving Part C services are listed below.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and its relative, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is characterized by lack of focus, restless, impulsive behaviors. For a child dealing with ADHD, school can be an extremely frustrating place. However, if your child has ADHD or even if your child has symptoms that seem like they might have ADHD, your child may qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).