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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.
Your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). How do you know if his or her new goals are appropriate? The first step is to look at his or her present levels of performance. This gives you his or her baseline to create new goals.
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.
"All schools have an affirmative duty to locate, identify and provide services to children who may have disabilities."