If your child has received a diagnosis of autism, you have probably learned a lot about the condition and where your child ranks on the spectrum. Once your child reaches school age, you will need to become your child’s advocate to get the right services in place.
When your child is struggling at school, you need to move quickly. Troubles with reading or math can easily cause your child to miss key concepts that build on each other. Not sitting still or paying attention frustrates teachers and often leads to removal from classrooms.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 along with the Individuals with Disabilities Educations Act of 2004 (IDEA) require that public schools provide children with visual impairments the same access to a comparable education as other students. An individualized educational plan (IEP) will detail what is needed, such as providing Braille textbooks.
It is questionable whether suspending a student from school is an effective discipline strategy. When it is your child, you may need to step in and fight what might be disproportionate discipline.
Even though it is the middle of the school year, parents of special needs kids still have the right to ask for a change. An IEP needs updating as appropriate..
Children with exceptional intelligence can also struggle with learning disabilities. Coined in a 1997 Journal of Learning Disabilities article, the term twice-exceptional describes a child who is at both ends of the learning spectrum. Examples include kids who have a huge disparity between math and reading skills or a high IQ but act out in a classroom because of a learning disability.
School districts policies frequently cause headaches for families raising children with learning disabilities. These include having to repeatedly provide documentation related to a disability and pay for costly testing services.
If you have a child with a learning disability or other special needs, you almost certainly understand the frustration that comes with helping them get the "free and appropriate public education" which they are legally entitled to. Although school administrators and teachers often have good intentions, the reality of the situation is that time and money are tight, and paperwork sometimes becomes a substitute for real accommodations.
A couple months ago, we wrote about new guidance documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The agency reiterated some important messages, including the advice that Individualized Education Plans must be designed and implemented with grade-level learning in mind.
The era of No Child Left Behind is coming to a close. On December 10, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. The transition to ESSA will begin next August, with major changes coming in the 2016-2017 school year.