The Wrightslaw Way

to Special Education Law and Advocacy

The Wrightslaw Way random header image

COMMUNITY HELPLINE: Ask or Answer a Question Here

Welcome to the Community Helpline

If you would like to ask the Community a question, or if you have advice, an answer, or an experience to share, please post this in the comments section below.

Please use your first name only when commenting. All comments are previewed by Wrightslaw before they are posted on the blog.

Your comment/question/answer will not be approved unless it is  150 words or less. Because people are more likely read short posts, we ask that you limit comments to 75-100 words. Please check the word count before submitting a comment, question or answer. Rants and vents will not be approved. We do not post advertisement for sales of products or services.

Begin your post with a TOPIC – IN CAPS. This will help others find information quickly.

Please scroll through the questions. You’ll find helpful information from a variety of perspectives. If you have advice, please share.

Thanks for being part of the Wrightslaw Way Community. Happy sharing!

Remember, in the name field below, use your first name only.


The Wrightslaw Way Helpline requests that members of the community (that’s YOU) help others who post questions here. To offer advice, suggestions, or experiences that may help, post your comment in the comment box and click “submit.”

Thanks! Pam & Pete

HELPLINE Archives: Find questions Asked and Answered on Topics A – K and Topics L – Z.

Print Friendly


Leave A Comment

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MORNING 11/26/14 at 10:33 am


    I am not fully knowledgable of what core testing are required. However, my high schooler who is dyslexic is not a great speller–though his spelling improved significantly with interventions–however, Wilson, OG, etc. did help tremendously. Assistive technology is a huge motivator for our kids to learn and improve skills if they like the type of AT given to them. Through the right interventions, my child now loves to write–especially analytical writing and more spelling has improved. I must say that age appropriate interventions are key. More, an AT evaluation may help–please note that your own research into AT and your son’s interests in AT may motivate your son more to learn to spell, read and write and educate the school on appropriate AT for him.

  • 2 Jenny 11/25/14 at 1:13 pm


    My 10 yr old has an IEP for speech articulation and math. Original testing 3 yrs ago in school. We privately had him tested 2 yrs ago, he’s dyslexic, dysgraphic and has dyscalculia. After wrangling with school, they’re going to retest him this year. He started private O-G tutoring in September that’s making a difference already.
    What testing should I request now?
    And what accommodations are helpful when we meet for IEP meeting?
    I want my son to learn to read, write and spell. In the past the math accommodations given by the school further weakened his math ability rather than strengthening it.

  • 3 KK 11/24/14 at 2:25 am


    I’m applying at Private Schools for my daughter. She has a disability. She has Asthma , food Allergies and Life Threatening Food Allergies to peanuts and treenuts. One school didn’t not accept us because of them. 2 Parochial Catholic Schools said they could not accommodate her. One private school would not let her OPT out of the mandatory food program yet another child is allowed to OPT out and bring his own food. Our child’s immunologist will not sign off on her participating in mandatory meal program. It’s too risky. Another school will not accommodate our daughter by making special food for her in a allergy free area in kitchen- they won’t provide nut free table nor will they support the classroom environment and will not ban peanuts from holiday and other what celebrations in class room. What are my rights?

  • 4 Chuck 11/20/14 at 2:53 pm


    Ericka, You would need to check with someone knowledgeable of your state laws. In some states it is very difficult to sue a school district. In some states schools will settle out of court, even though they are protected under state law to avoid the publicity. You could possibly file criminal charges with the police or abuse charges with the appropriate state agency. The staff of your state Parent Training & Information Project should be able to advise you. You can access a list of these in the topics listed on this website’s home page.

  • 5 Cathy 11/20/14 at 11:41 am


    I was wondering what I can do to help my 8 year old son with written expression difficulties/ possibly dysgraphia (as per private OT in Jan 2014). After several SRBI meetings, a PPT will be done, but they said consent for meeting will not take place till January, 7 weeks away. (Last meeting yesterday Nov19) From there eval would start. I requested an evaluation in writing over year ago to his teacher. Is there anything I can do? Much appreciation.

  • 6 Jane 11/19/14 at 1:56 pm


    We got a copy of our childs complete educational record. There is NO goal monitoring data, not even for the current school year. Her goals are broad and unmeasurable and the school told us that they adhere to IDEA. My child has gone from the 41% on Math MAPS in 2nd grade and is now at the 5%tile in the 7th grade with SpEd services. We are told that they have to teach at grade level and my child will never improve. I know this cant be right. She was headed the same way with reading and writing until we sought private OG, now she is either on target or above average. We asked for retesting for PLAAFP but they indicate that she is getting services and testing would change nothing. How do I get measurable goals that address her needs? We have been trying for 7 years!

  • 7 Wrightslaw 11/18/14 at 1:08 pm


    Alyson: You need to get up to speed on your and your son’s rights. Here’s an easy self-study course from Wrightslaw.

    Hundreds of pages of information on the Wrightslaw site. Start here:

    Get a copy of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. If you want your own copy of the law, IDEA 2004, get a copy of Wrightsaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. (Book returns in excellent condition are available at steep discounts if you call Harbor House Law Press, 877-529-4332).

  • 8 Wrightslaw 11/18/14 at 12:50 pm


    Cari – Section 504 does not require the school to invite the parents to 504 meetings. Section 504 does require schools to develop a system of procedural safeguards. Request in writing a copy of your school’s procedures. You need to learn more. Start here:

    You will find more about Section 504 here.

  • 9 Ericka 11/18/14 at 12:33 pm


    My son has an iep. He’s been clinically diagnosed with adhd. He gets very aggressive. Sometimes he has to be restrained. The behavioral aid asigned to him was not cpi son was coming home with bruises. Can I bring suit against the school?

  • 10 carmen 11/16/14 at 12:35 am


    I did not give the school permission to re-evaluate him by signing no-consent. He is not due for an evaluation until 2016. Because I requested a revised IEP meeting, they have delayed it so that they can collect data to change IEP. I found out from special ed teacher that they are doing observations including those from the speech pathologist and O.T. And that they are waiting for their reports for the meeting. I was not informed of these “observations beforehand” and I requested to review these reports/data before the meeting and the school said that they don’t have to give me information on the data collected. I have postponed the meeting until I have a chance to review them before making any changes to IEP. They also said they don’t have reports ready. I had to postpone meeting AGAIN! Can they do this?

  • 11 Katrina 11/15/14 at 11:16 pm


    My 16 yr old son was pulled out of honors class by school nurse. She asked the name of his Dr. who treated him for ADHD, if our family had guns in our home, if he carried a weapon, and many more questions. None of his schools have ever asked a drs name concerning his medication. Why is the school nurse asking my child these questions? He is an honor student and has an excellent behavior record. My friend’s son goes to the same school and her son (without ADHD) was not asked these questions. Why my son? Do I have a reason to be upset? Very confused. Thanks

    Also, my son does have a 504 plan.

  • 12 Alyson 11/15/14 at 10:21 pm


    My son’s school stopped his IEP last year after having it 5 years and I didn’t realize I had any rights!

  • 13 Cari 11/14/14 at 3:55 pm


    How long does a school have to respond to a parent’s request to amend a current 504 plan?

    Is the school allowed to deny a parents request for a reasonable accomodation ex: use of an electronic planner for homework tracking and reminders, without meeting with the parent?

    One last question- who has to be in attendance to a 504 meeting from the school, and do both parents have to attend?
    I haven’t been able to find any documentation in IDEA or 504 to back it.

  • 14 Mauri 11/13/14 at 10:56 pm


    My 8th grader is dx with Autism and a sensory processing disorder (has trouble processing verbal to motor plan). He is struggling in school because of this. What kinds of accommodations would be appropriate for a young person like him. He has been tested and is very capable of doing the work, but is beginning to fail all but one subject and tells us its all “too much”.

  • 15 Chuck 11/11/14 at 11:40 am


    School staff are told that IDEA requires this or the school will be out of compliance & be in trouble with the state. A 2013 Circuit Court decision addressed this specific situation. Go to for Pete Wrights’ analysis of this important decision.

  • 16 Gjunda 11/10/14 at 4:23 pm


    My daughters IEP is coming up & we told the school we cannot commit to their date & they will have to give us a week to give them one that works for us. Her teacher said it could be done no later than November 19th due to state laws. Is this a fact?

  • 17 Chuck 11/10/14 at 3:19 pm


    Schools should have policies & procedures for serving students with medical needs at school & at home (often called homebound). Ask at the campus or administration building for these policies.

  • 18 Kurt 11/09/14 at 11:01 am


    My child has been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic dystrophy. Her pain is very bad, so bad she throws up due to pain. She has been out for 3 weeks with a doctor note. My wife and I are beside our selves. We need to look into homeschooling or IEP. I have no clue what the school system can do for us. If any one has advice please let me know .Thanks

  • 19 aleena 11/09/14 at 4:51 am


    My child was asked to copy 6 times of all the questions for her question paper total of 60 questions as a punishment from her teacher, what should i do in this

  • 20 Penny 11/08/14 at 8:08 pm

    In 1st grade our son was diagnosed medically with ADHD. We knew there was more, but thought the label would assist with IEP/accommodations. It did largely. However, the district classified as ED due to behavior/anxiety. We now have an HFA diagnosis. This is truly reflective of the scope of challenges. As the IEP team has really worked to place supports and develop measurable goals, I have been surprised to find they do not want to modify the eligibility. They want to keep ED as most current behaviors center here. This is due to the extreme amount of work we have put in, and is a subset of HFA behaviors. What would be suggested next steps/resources? It feels appropriate to have an accurate diagnosis – esp for long term. Is there a downside to pursuing this?

  • 21 Concerned Parent 11/07/14 at 9:45 am


    My 11 yr old son with autism has been having frustration and lashing episodes at his new school. Yesterday his teacher called me to tell me he was having “one of his stubborn spells, AGAIN”. When I spoke to his aide she told me my son asked permission to use the bathroom and not only did they refuse to let him go until he finished his work, when he kept insisting they called the principal and took him to the principal’s office. This confirms my suspicions that his acting out is a response of them forcing, imposing and creating confrontation. Also, my son has scheduled breaks on as part of his IEP, and on his old school they would honor them as needed, but not here. My son has told me he feels sad, and not important and never before had he had behavioral problems in a consistent basis. Is my son being a victim of harassment? What can I do?

  • 22 Noelle 11/06/14 at 8:20 pm


    My son is in a wheelchair, he is always getting picked on by the teachers, and here lately he’s been coming home say that the School is going to take away his wheelchair, because they feel that he’s not using it safely, and now they want wheelchair that someone pushes him around in. Can they take away he personal wheelchair?

  • 23 kari 11/06/14 at 2:04 am


    I was escorted out of my son;s classroom by the principal with an officer for no reason. I was simply observing my son who has an IEP and was being followed by teachers. I feel violated. Does anyone have any advice of who I can talk to ? I feel bullied by the principal. please help!!