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  • 1 kELLY 09/02/14 at 5:17 pm

    DISCRIMINATION IN COLLEGE?

    I have severe bi-polar and anxiety disorders that have caused me to withdraw from college courses over the past 2 years. I have now run out on subsidized government loans and will no longer get any type of funding if I don’t follow an academic completion agreement. Is this discrimination? I’ve received gov.FAFSA each semester but end up withdrawing from classes after awards are disbursed.

  • 2 Jeff 09/02/14 at 5:16 pm

    SCHOOL SAYS I CAN’T WALK MY CHILD TO CLASS

    I have a child with autism and as of this morning. .. we were told we can no longer walk him to class… he wont walk with just anyone… Do we have the right to walk him to class?

  • 3 Marcey 09/02/14 at 4:00 am

    14 YEAR OLD READING AT 4TH GRADE LEVEL – SCHOOL SAYS HE’S LAZY

    Is the school responsible or is my son “not utilizing the resources being given to him” regarding him being 14 year old and reading at a 4th grade level? My son has had an IEP since Kindergarten, was in 12:1:1 until the 7th, when he was thrown into “integrated” classrooms. His reading has not improved at all since he was last tested over 3 years ago. It was only after I begged that they re-evaluated him after 3 years. My son is to the point to where he feels it is “too late” to catch up. He has claimed the class clown role. this helps divert attention away from his below standard academic level. I have been told pretty much it is that my son is lazy and is not utilizing the resources that the IEP has put in place for him. I beg to differ. I felt we were bullied at the last IEP meeting, and now we have moved to try a different school ??

  • 4 Emily 08/31/14 at 5:25 pm

    SCHOOL REFUSES TO TEACH PECS

    We just changed school districts in Va. My daughter has a dual diagnosis of ASD and Down Syndrome and was previously being taught PECS by her ST and special ed teacher through her last public school. Her new school says they have no one that is trained in pecs and will not be able to teach or implement PECS. Her IEP explains her success with pecs and that this is her only functional means of communication since she is completely non verbal. What are my rights? Her IEP is current but they said we have to meet within 30 days for a review and to make any necessary changes. Can they refuse to go to formal training and refuse to use this system with my daughter?

  • 5 Audrey 08/30/14 at 2:59 pm

    SCHOOL REFUSES TO ALLOW LIVESCRIBE PEN ACCOMMODATION

    My 16 y.o. son was just diagnosed with dyslexia. It was recommended that he use the Livescribe pen. We purchased the pen ourselves, but his private (Catholic) school said the faculty has chosen to not allow recordings in class. Is it legal to not allow this accommodation? And, where do I find the law stating they need to allow this accommodation?

  • 6 Deborah 08/29/14 at 10:06 am

    BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR EXPELLED STUDENTS

    If a student with a disability is expelled and placed in an alternative placement.
    Can an IEP team make a decision to provide transportation in order to provide FAPE if the school district does not provide transportation for regular education students?

  • 7 Cynthia 08/27/14 at 2:57 pm

    TEACHING SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTIONS IN THE HALLWAY

    My school has gained three teacher units this week and I lost my resource classroom. I am thrilled with the addition of teacher units because it was greatly needed. I work with all students K-3 with IEPs and K-3 Tier III students. Are there any violations of IDEA or FERPA taking place if I work in the hallway with my students? Last year, I had 59 general education (no IEP) kids come through my intensive intervention groups. Students beg to come with me and I am seen as a positive teacher to go with. What are your thoughts? I just want to make sure that I am following all laws. I have searched online for a few hours and haven’t found any court cases, blogs, or articles relating to special education teachers serving students in hallways.

  • 8 Debra 08/26/14 at 10:39 am

    BUS PICKUP WITHOUT AN ADULT

    Is it legal for the school bus to pick up my son without an adult being present? (I have two young adult non-verbal sons with severe autism. After giving medication to one son, I came into an empty living room. After running and screaming my son’s name through the house and neighborhood – I called the bus company. The bus had arrived 15 minutes early, my son ran out, they ‘said’ they waited a bit and then left. Administering my sons liquid epilepsy medication takes less than a minute. I’m still shaking…)

  • 9 Laura 08/24/14 at 10:57 pm

    CHANGING AIDE – DOES SCHOOL HAVE TO NOTIFY PARENTS?

    Is it required by law for a school district to notify families when their student’s full inclusion aide will be changed?

  • 10 Jenny 08/23/14 at 9:25 pm

    DOES THE IDEA RECOGNIZE DYSLEXIA?

    We have a child with a high IQ who is in the gifted program. He has only qualified for an IEP in LD written expression. He clearly needs support in reading and speech too, but is performing at “grade level”. We just received his state achievement scores and he is barely proficient in reading and math. We have hired private tutors to work with him using the Wilson method, but see his growing anxiety regarding school. Any thoughts on how to advocate for his needs? Do we need an official dyslexia diagnosis from a private evaluation? Any thoughts would be helpful.

  • 11 Jim 08/22/14 at 9:10 pm

    NEED FORM TO FILE FOR STAY PUT BY MONDAY

    I want my child to stay in his current school during mediation and the Due Process hearing so during a telephone conference, the BSEA told me to I had to file a motion for clarification of a Stay Put IEP. I am located in Massachusetts and I can’t afford an attorney so can anyone tell me where can I find this form and information to guide me through the process? I need to file by Monday (8/25/14) Thank you very much for any help.

  • 12 Jo 08/22/14 at 11:56 am

    PLACEMENT CONSENT QUESTION

    My son’s father placed our son in a special education school due to his behavior. I did not consent. I want my son in a regular school this year but the school is refusing to take him due to his IEP report. Can I do anything to make the school enroll him?

  • 13 MORNING 08/21/14 at 10:59 pm

    SON REFUSED STEM PROGRAM FOR HOMESCHOOLERS BECAUSE OF IEP –

    First, I am so impressed that the school district is offering STEM for homeschoolers. That type of outreach and collaboration are not available to most of us how have homeschooled or still homeschool. You mentioned other issues and outside therapists. My concern is that how can your son be successful without the appropriate help and support during the school day? Isolated incidents are not truly “isolated.” If he is experiencing a high level of frustration and even failure that results in certain behaviors, don’t put him in a situation where he may “fail.” I do not know the legal stance of the school. It seems your son needs a specific level of support during the school day and hopefully it can work out for your child.

  • 14 Liz 08/19/14 at 10:19 pm

    SON REFUSED STEM PROGRAM FOR HOMESCHOOLERS BECAUSE OF IEP

    I am a licensed educator who decided to pull my second grade son from school this year and homeschool him. He is a bright boy but struggles with ADHD and some other issues. We were excited when we learned that a school in another district offered a STEM program for homeschoolers. We enrolled right away and went to finish the registration process in person last week. It was then that we learned that he would not be permitted to participate because of his IEP which includes reports of isolated incidents last year. I assured the director and special ed teacher that we understood that they did not offer any special ed services and that we utilize outside therapies which have benefitted him greatly. I also assured them that we would not be pursuing this program if we did not feel he would be successful. Answer is still no. Can they do this?

  • 15 Lourdes 08/19/14 at 9:48 pm

    WHICH PARENT SIGNS THE IEP?

    When mom & dad are divorced can the school implement iep with only one parent signature? Both parents have equal custody. What happens when one parent agrees with school and the other does not. Can one parent revoke the other parents consent?

  • 16 elysa 08/19/14 at 2:00 pm

    DENIED CHEERLEADING BASED ON DISABILITY

    My granddaughter tried out for cheerleading at her highschool and was denied on the basis of her disability. She is confined to a wheelchair but has full use of her enthusiasm. i need some legal leverage to change this non-inclusive practice in selecting participants of school programs.

  • 17 Lauran 08/19/14 at 11:50 am

    RETALIATION

    After filing OCR compliant against Denial Access to Emergency Medications Summer 2013 (for son), I was retaliated by school Spring 2014. Fought Criminal Harass Prevention Order successfully against me by employee there. Daughter scarred by school making medical decision (not to have her medically treated or inform me). School imposed restraint policy against me without judicial order…any suggestions on how to stop this level of retaliation and bullying? What agency besides OCR would address this in a state? Is a Court/litigation the only thing that would stop them?

  • 18 MariJenneh 08/15/14 at 6:59 am

    SKIPPING A GRADE

    I was wondering my son did pre-school then Tk now he’s doing kindergarten an it seem like almost the same stuff I thought since he is turning 6 in October he would be able to attend the first grade. Buthis birthday falls on the 12 so he is kept behind. Is there anything I can do to get him put in first grade. He is very smart but they say it has nothing to do with that. He said that he bored in class cause he know everything already. So to me its like they won’t let him be challenged enough because his birthday is 10days pass the deadline.. is there anything I can do?

  • 19 Lisa 08/14/14 at 6:32 am

    MODERATE INTELLECT PLACEMENT – MULTI AGE CLASSROOMS?

    My son is five years old and in a classroom with students that are as old as twelve. He is served under the moderate category. I feel like this can’t be good for him or legal. Does anyone have information about multiage classrooms?

  • 20 Javier 08/12/14 at 5:15 pm

    ONE ON ONE ATTENDANT

    My child has a Mitochondrial Disease and needs a one-on-one or personal attendant at school. She has so many medical issues and was recently diagnosed with Autism now too. We are having difficulty getting this service put back in my daughter’s IEP after I home schooled her for a few years. Since everyone’s Mito affects them differently I am looking for reasons to request the personal attendant in relation to the Mito.

  • 21 Martin 08/10/14 at 8:24 pm

    EBD STUDENT – IS A BIP REQUIRED IN GEORGIA?

    In the state of Georgia can an IEP for a student with an eligibility of Emotional Behavior Disorder state in the IEP section under CONSIDERATION OF SPECIAL FACTORS Behavior Intervention Plan – That YES the student has behaviors that interfere with his/her learning or the learning of others. However, where it states, Does the student require a Behavior Intervention Plan? Can the IEP Team state NO?

  • 22 Vi 08/08/14 at 5:37 pm

    PRESCHOOL/TRANSPORTATION QUESTION

    Both of my youngest children are in/going into preschool. Their ieps have classroom based goals and my 3 yo even has transportation written in her iep – the need for it not the how. In my state (don’t know about elsewhere), under age 5 with iep are automatically supposed to qualify for transportation. We were told at a meeting with only admin that preschool was not mandatory so they didnt have to give them transportation but would be willing to reimburse us or the kids could receive services at home. On the way to school we could also put them unrestrained in a big bus with kids of all ages and the driver. We have only one vehicle and its not always available esp. in the morning. What responsibility do they have re preschool and transportation?

  • 23 Melissa 08/08/14 at 2:53 pm

    DISCIPLINE – AND BULLYING

    I have a major issue with my son’s school. I feel they have a double standard when it comes to school policy and discipline. My son has a diagnosis of a form of autism. He has been bullied for a long time and the school won’t do anything about it. They have even told me that a report of bullying by me does not count as an official report that my son has to report it himself. Also, the school is now setting up what I thought was an IEP meeting about my son but now we have three superintendents two principals the school case manager, special education counselors and school advisers. I feel we are being intimidated by the school or being forced to shut up about our issues. I have been told that we have a major case to make a child complaint with DESE about this whole situation and other issues. Can someone help or give advise?

  • 24 Kathee 08/07/14 at 6:27 pm

    HIGH SCHOOL DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CASE

    Son has multiple learning disabilities along with a medical doctors diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. we provided these doctor’s letters to the school, been in several meetings, yet they refused, even at the doctor’s request to lighten his written assignment load. They also refused to supply us with his missed assignments in order to restore his grades to passing. Now they are trying to make him do his Junior year over. He will be 18 a month after school starts. School simply reschedules more meetings while he continues to slide. He wants to drop out now.
    Please advise on what we should do with a school that has tunnel vision- wont listen to us, or medical doctors.

  • 25 John 08/07/14 at 11:45 am

    NOT MEETING COLLEGE COURSE REQUIREMENTS – LEGAL PROTECTION?

    I teach college courses. I have a student who may not be able to complete course requirements due to his wife’s pregnancy and current child care demands of the newborn infant. Are there applicable federal laws for this new father to help protect his educational success?

  • 26 Trisha 08/07/14 at 2:27 am

    DAUGHTER NEEDS TO BE TESTED FOR DYSLEXIA

    I need some help!!! My daughter is ADHD combined type odd and has an articulation disorder. I can’t get anywhere with the school they tell me she’s fine and doing good. But she’s not she just gets passed on. Her doc wrote on a form to have her texted for dyslexia. Please help me!!!

  • 27 Mark 08/06/14 at 5:23 pm

    SECRETLY RECORD IEP CASE CONFERENCE

    I have only signed 1 IEP for my child out of 4 because what is agreed to during the Case Conference isn’t written in the IEP and the school won’t change it. They claim to of never agreed to such. Which is not the case. I live in Indiana, can I record the Case Conference without telling anybody from the school? And can it be used in a Mediation or Due Process hearing?

  • 28 Kelly 08/04/14 at 10:51 pm

    SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS – TUBE FEEDING

    I’m wondering about special dietary needs. My child is disabled and the dr filled out the special dietary needs form for tube feeding formula can the school can refuse to provide the tube formula? The nutrition director says they r not required to pay for a tube formula. Even though though he can only have peptide 1.5 calorie formula. The dr wants the school to provide 2 bottles a day.

  • 29 Corinne 08/04/14 at 9:35 am

    ACCOMMODATIONS ON AP EXAMS with 504s NOT IEPs

    EDS advocates (physical disability causes chronic joint pain and fatigue, fine motor delays) dropped us because we did not get an IEP or file a complaint when the school illegally refused us one. School is accelerated. dd doing well. Two APs next year in Calculus and World History in 8th grade 504 allows her not to fill in bubbles, type (even math), double time etc but triple time on math since she types that too and on her first exam with double time she got a D. With triple it is all A’s in pre-calculus. When and with what do I approach the AP Board? They tested her for the IEP (EDS advocates told us we could not get extra time on APs w/o IEP) and incorrectly found her ineligible, just because all her scores were so high. Do we have to turn over that testing? When and what do we send?

  • 30 Susan 08/01/14 at 6:24 am

    HOW TO ENSURE RESULTS OF EVALUATION ARE CONFIDENTIAL?

    My son had an evaluation which was mandated by his school district. He was outplaced due to failure to meet his learning, social and emotional needs. I have found out that members of my community formed a committee to look into my son’s placement, and had knowledge of the outcome of his evaluation. What steps do I need to take to ensure his privacy?

  • 31 mka 07/23/14 at 2:54 pm

    KIDS WITH DISABILITIES DOING CUSTODIAL WORK AT SCHOOL

    My son’s school district has the special needs students perform janitorial services and menial tasks at the buildings under the guise of “vocational training” as early as 5th grade. I find this inappropriate, not be cause my son dislikes it, but because it is keeping the kids from things that are a better use of their time, and more importantly, creating an environment for the typical peers to see the kids with disabilities as “less than.” I have requested it be stopped, verbally and in writing. So far, the only thing I have succeeded in doing is having my son excluded, which will make him feel punished. Is there a section of the law that I can use to back up my push to get this stopped?

  • 32 gina 06/10/14 at 8:51 pm

    DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR SUMMER SCHOOL?

    If a child who has a disability fails and has to take summer school, does the parents have to pay for the classes, or does the school ,since the school was out of compliance?