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Has COVID-19 Changed Your Child’s IEP Creation? It Likely Should.

Nearly everything has changed since COVID – how we work, how we learn, and even how (and what) we celebrate. One thing hasn’t changed, however - a school’s obligation to create and implement an IEP for all students in need of specialized instruction. Virtual learning has existed under different circumstances for years now; research-based practices exist and need to be considered by the IEP team and implemented by the school regardless of the model of programming currently being used. If COVID-19 hasn’t changed your child’s IEP, perhaps it should.

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Special education student at home during school closure

COVID 19 is Changing the Way Related Services are Provided

COVID-19 has thrown parents and schools into uncertainty and new challenges, including how to provide related services to students with disabilities. Some schools are likely to use these challenges as a reason to discontinue all related services during school closures. Parents should not accept that decision. Creative solutions are available and need to be fully explored by schools. We look at the obligations schools have through this crisis and some creative solutions to providing related services.

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Parents invest in their Children

FMLA Leave: Attending Your Child’s IEP Meeting Could be Qualified

Parents of children with disabilities invest heavily in their kids — both in terms of time and resources. A recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor offers a glimpse of where the law is headed in terms of providing some relief to these working parents— those who know all too well the conflicting time demands between work and tending to their children’s special education needs.

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Curriculum Based Measurement and special education student IEPs

When Performing IEP Progress Monitoring: Part three in series

This is the third article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we help you determine how your special needs child is performing not only against state standards but in his current grade level within the curriculum. We discuss the limitations of curriculum based measurements and outline specific ways to check your child’s progress against IEP goals for written expression, reading fluency and math problem solving.

Make sure you’re receiving adequate IEP progress notes from your child’s teacher. It’s your right.

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IEP organization for parents

Where To Find Information About Your Child’s Progress in the IEP: Part two in series

This is the second article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we explain how to find your child’s IEP goals and use them as a benchmark for academic progress. We know how important IEP organization for parents is, so we outline what to bring to your IEP meeting, how to perform a draft IEP versus new IEP comparison, and more.

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Parent involvement in IEP process

Is Your Child Making Progress On The IEP?: Part one in series

This is the first article in a series exploring student educational progress and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. In this article, we explain IEP progress monitoring, identify the sections that contain information about your child’s progress, and provide questions parents should ask when progress reporting information isn’t clear.

Parent involvement in the IEP process has never been more important. Don’t miss out on this series.

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Transgender students rights in school

Supreme Court to Hear Transgender School Bathroom Rights Case in March

Fifteen-year-old Gavin Grimm notified his Gloucester, VA high school that he was transitioning to a boy and requested permission to use the boys restroom at school. While his principal complied, town members didn’t believe the transgender teenager should be allowed to use the boys room. Thus began Gloucester County School Board v. GG (Case No. 16-273), a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Get the details on this landmark civil rights and discrimination case.

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Special education rights & responsibilities in school

Update: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (U.S. Supreme Court Case)

Drew wasn’t progressing in public school. He had been diagnosed with both autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His disabilities affected cognitive functioning, language skills, social abilities and communication skills. So his parents placed him in a private school, where they said he made “significant” academic and social improvement. They later filed a complaint with the Colorado Department of Education to recover the high cost of tuition at a private school.

The issue before the U.S. Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is: what level of educational benefit must a child receive under his individualized education program (IEP) to satisfy the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

What are the special education rights and responsibilities of the school?

It’s a good idea when filing a due process complaint to consult an experienced special education attorney. This is even more important when seeking private school tuition reimbursement.

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