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Lenore
08/28/2015

SP ED SERVICES & ISS

What are the “services” (outside of related services) my child is entitled to per his/her IEP when in ISS? If he/she has co-teaching & sp ed resource teacher does this mean that a sp ed certified teacher should be teaching him while in ISS?

Chuck
08/28/2015

Yes, ideally they should, but often do not. If they do not, these days count toward the 10 day rule that triggers a change of placement.

Marni
08/27/2015

USING LOWER GRADE LEVEL TEXT FOR KIDS IN CDS

If I have a student not in Special Ed in our CDS program that needs remediation can I use lower level text? or do I have to have grade level text books for them?

Loraine
08/27/2015

“CENTRALIZATION” FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES

High school student who has cerebral palsy is being shipped to another high school because the school board has decided to “Centralize” all children with severe disabilities. This child has already been attending his local high school and has done very well, in band, loved by student body Wouldn’t that be his “least restrictive environment? Forced to “centralized” program. Based on his “category” not his need. Community has rallied around him, including the mayor where the child lives and attended his regular high school. Advocates in our area are not helpful, no attorney will get involved. This story has been on television and in the newspaper. Loraine

Becky
08/27/2015

STAGGERED BUS SCHEDULE – WAITS ON TRANSPORTATION FOR AN HOUR

Is there any law regarding how long an IEP’ed student on a SpEd bus has to wait for the bus? Today my son (and some of his IEP’ed classmates) stood outside for an hour after school waiting for their bus to show up. The schools here have a staggered dismissal schedule so that the busses can run two routes, and so the arrival of his bus depends on how many problems there were with the previous route. I was told this hour-long wait wasn’t unusual, and had happened last year often. I’ve had issue with them before and that’s the standard response. I texted him an hour after school was out to see where he was, and he was still at school. I left work and went to get him, but I can’t do that every day. What are my options?

Sarah
08/27/2015

FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT?

I’m not sure if I am doing this correctly or not but here goes?. I was just informed that I needed to provide a functional assessment to the school district for last years progress. They did not tell me this before. My son has moderate autism and does not take tests. How can they say I need a “functional” assessment when has never performed this task?

Kathleen
08/27/2015

IS THERE A TIMELINE BETWEEN A REEVALUATION AND AN IEP MEETING?

Our child was reevaluated and we have now requested a meeting to revise his IEP based on the reevaluation. Is there timeline by which the district must respond to our request for an IEP meeting?

JG
08/28/2015

Kathleen –

There is no explicit timeline for this under IDEA (though your state’s special education regulations might specify one). Where no timelines exist, districts are supposed to act within a “reasonable amount of time.”

julie
08/27/2015

CAN A DISTRICT REQUIRE AN ELIGIBILITY MEETING BEFORE I CAN REQUEST IEEs?

My child has an IEP currently for speech. She was evaluated by the school for speech and learning disabilities. I’ve reviewed both evaluations and disagree. They are saying I cannot request IEEs until we hold an eligibility meeting, and if I disagree with the eligibility my only recourse is to file due process. I thought they had to consider the results of an IEE, and either approve or disapprove my request for an IEE. They are saying they can’t do anything until the evaluations are formally entered in the form of an eligibility meeting and they need to “close the loop”.

Chuck
08/28/2015

If the school is still holding on this position, you can contact the state education agency. Hopefully they will tell the school that their position is wrong.

Kerri
08/27/2015

SCHOOL REFUSES ACCOMMODATION FOR LIFE THREATENING ALLERGY

My son has a life threatening nut allergy. He is not only ingestion but contact as well. I provided documents from my doctor along with blood tests proving a peanut allergy with numbers over 100. School is refusing to make classroom nut free. They argue that it infringes on other students right to eat nuts. District actually told me my son needs to taje care if himself. He is 5 and very afraid to start school. I received letter from teacher with no note indicating child in class with allergy. I need help.

Sabrina
08/26/2015

PRINCIPAL MAKES ONE CLASSROOM PER GRADE THE “IEP” ROOM

I am concerned about how many students I have in my classroom on IEP,s Our principal decided to have one classroom per a grade level as the IEP room. Currently out of 24 students 8 are on IEP’s with 3 more possible students.

Angie
08/26/2015

SCHOOL VIOLATING 504

If it is a violation of Federal Law for a school to violate a 504, does a 504 team then represent a federal authority, making decisions based on the needs of a disabled child? In other words, Do their decisions reflect the decision of a federal authority? Can a lower court deem the decisions of the 504 team to be contrary to the best interest of the child?

JG
08/27/2015

Angie –

With regard to Section 504, schools have the authority to make decisions regarding individual students. Their decisions do NOT represent federal authority.

Parents who disagree with a Section 504 decision do have a few appeal options. First, schools/school districts must have an in-house review process. This is generally through the school or district 504 Compliance Officer.

The schools/school district must also provide parents access to impartial due process hearings. The IDEA hearing process is available for this in many states, but sometimes another system may be used.

JG
08/27/2015

Parents also have a right to appeal the due process hearing. Again, how this is conducted this varies by location. Often the appeal is through the civil court system, but sometimes it is through a 2nd hearing level (especially if a state has a 2-tier administrative hearing system).

Parents can also access the complaint process offered by OCR at the federal Dept of Education. In some states parents may also access the IDEA complaint system for 504 disputes. Both of these processes, however, deal primarily with procedural issues rather than appropriateness issues.

Vicky
08/26/2015

ONE-ONE

EMPEZANDO AÑO ESCOLAR, cambiaron ayudante a mi hija 12años cp; le pusieron ayudante hombre, no es posible ella es nena?. Ayuda, para cambiar a otra persona? Forma para quejas?

(Google Translate)
They starting SCHOOL YEAR, assistant changed my daughter 12years cp; they put helper man, it is not possible baby ?. Help to change another person? Complaint form?

Lisa
08/26/2015

EXAMPLE OF WELL WRITTEN GOAL FOR IEP

My 10th grade son with Asperger’s and ADHD has an IEP with vague goals. My local AEA is no help-they are the ones writing these. I have contacted state AEA and they just refer me back to local. I would appreciate an example of a goal for organization and time management or directed to somewhere that I can get one.

JG
08/27/2015

There are many online “goal banks” out there – try a Google search. I’m certain you could find ones with sample executive function goals.

How about writing your own? “Writing Measurable IEP Goals & Objectives,” by Barbara Bateman is a great resource. Although not specific to EF issues, it’s a classic must-read book.

The book provides a simple, formulaic way for writing measurable IEP goals. You could definitely use it to write your own goals to suggest to the Team, or gift a copy to the Team! It can be found in the Wrightslaw store: http://www.wrightslaw.com/store/bb.iep.html.

This book is published by Attainment Company, which has a whole catalog of equally-great publications: http://www.attainmentcompany.com/professional-resources.

disa
08/26/2015

RECESS OR IEP SERVICES

My son has autism, adhd, and anxiety. The school has one recess at lunch for 6th grade and offers an “access” time at the end of the day. This time is used by students to access their teachers or go outside to recess. My son’s iep lead is demanding that she check in with him in the morning and at the end of the day, so he will lose that last recess. He sees this as punishment. Do I have any rights to fight for a compromise (she is not budging) or does the iep treatment trump his social and mental well-being?

JG
08/27/2015

Disa –

You can definitely ask that for the IEP Team to meet to discuss this issue. The Team is required to consider both the academic and nonacademic (including social-emotional) needs of your child.

It is perfectly reasonable to ask that another solution is found with regard to meeting at the end of the day. If the Team is hesitant, you can always ask for them to evaluate your son’s social-emotional needs.

Sarah
08/25/2015

TEACHER CONCERNED ABOUT LACK OF PARAPRO SUPPORT FOR ADAPTED PE

Hello! I am an Adapted PE teacher and am concerned about the lack of paraprofessional support for my students in HS. I have a class of 17 special needs (high level needs) students, 7 who are in wheelchairs with only 4 adults to support (plus myself, the teacher). Is there any configuration that supports a need for more adults due to safety and success? My main concern is the students are able to work on their Goals on the IEP as well as are safe (we will not have enough adults to evacuate in case of emergency).

JG
08/27/2015

Great job advocating for your students!

I would suggest first contacting your state Dept of Ed. They may have guidelines regarding student/teacher ratios for students with disabilities, base on age and disability or level of need.

Regarding safety, can you bring this to the team that develops your school/district safety plan (a requirement in most states)? The plan should address safe evacuate of these students.

Regarding goals, IDEA requires that IEPs be delivered as developed. If there’s not enough staff to work on goals, the school is out of compliance. You can try addressing this within your district’s special ed structure. If that fails, you can file a complaint through either your state’s IDEA complaint system or with OCR.

Rachel
08/25/2015

TRACKING IN FOURTH GRADE

My daughter has iep.Last year, she was in inclusion 3rd grade where special ed teacher was coteacher in class. Of 28 children, 6 received support; other students were mix of gifted, average, and below average. This year, school has tracked 4th grade students based on last years district wide test scores. Kids were divided into tiers, with students receiving special ed services put into group of own. One class has top tier, second class has next tier, and bottom students have been combined with students receiving special ed services into low level class. Apart from disgusting way tracking is effecting students (of all levels) socially, and clearly this is not true inclusion class, but is it illegal? We are in PA.

JG
08/27/2015

Rachel –

Unilaterally placing the students who receive special education services in the lowest level tier, based solely on their special education/disability status, sounds like it may be discrimination under Section 504 and the ADA.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the federal Dept of Education has jurisdiction over these laws as they apply to schoosl and school districts. OCR has a complaint process that you may elect to use. The process is generally used for issues involving individual students, but can also be used for systemic issues such as this.

Here is more info: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html.

PATRICIA
08/25/2015

SCHOOL v MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS

IEP states autism spectrum disorder and medical doctors state ADHD/Developmental Delayed. Can school go against medical diagnosis? I am afraid this label will stick with him and keep him in self contained classrooms,

JG
08/27/2015

The IEP Team must consider information provided by you, the parent, including documentation of a medical diagnosis. But, yes, they may decide to disregard it.

That said, the disability category that the Team designates is not the same as a medical diagnosis. It is an agreement that your child’s profile is consistent with the regulatory definition for that category (in your case, autism).

In itself, the disability category should not be the basis for a student’s services or placement. These should be determined by your child’s specific needs, as identified through evaluations.

Lori
08/25/2015

NEW SCHOOL FORCING SON (WHO PASSED) TO REPEAT A YEAR

My son went 2 kindergarten in Illinois and starting 4 kinder. is 5 yrs old by 9/1. We moved to Indiana were you have to be 5 to be in kinder by 8/1. He turned 6 on 8/21. They are making him repeat Kinder because of his age and that he had behavior issues last year. If the Illinois school passed him to go to 1st grade and didnt see a problem with his behavior. He has an IEP and all his goals are met. My son is sad that he has to repeat the class. My son has ADHD and ODD.

Lori
08/25/2015

Please note: In May when I called they told me my son would go to first grade. When I signed him up for school they again told me he is going to first grade. A week before school they gave me his teachers name a first grade teacher. And the day before school started they told he will be in Kindergarten because he is to young to go to 1st grade.

JG
08/27/2015

Lori –

I noticed that, while your state has a cut off age for kindergarten, they do not have one for first grade. Meaning, there is no state regulatory rule saying that your son is too young for first grade.

Your state does require that school district offer parents an appeals process when they are denied kindergarten entrance based on age. Perhaps you could utilize this same process? Here is some guidance on it: http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/kindergarten/kindergarten-entrance-law.pdf.

You may try contacting your state Dept of Education regarding this issue, as they may be able to provide guidance on where to go.

Kris
08/25/2015

TWP SET MY SON UP 4 FAILURE!

14yr old,lifetime honor roll student in Child Study Team planned to enroll at GCIT in 9th grade.Always on honor roll until 7th when I insisted on more of a challenge for him,they mainstreamed him for his 2 hardest subjects Science & SS. He failed of course then they put him back in special ed for 4th marking period, but his final grade for 7th was low.GCIT put him on waiting list.The Child Study Team really owes this education to my son

Michelle
08/24/2015

SCHOOL IGNORED ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TWO YEARS

Please help…I have a freshman in high school. I just found out for the past 2 years there was no accommodation for my daughter in school. Her previous school ignored her 504. What do I do now? Please help….

JG
08/27/2015

Michelle –

Regarding the new school, it’s perfectly understandable that you would want to be vigilant. I would suggest meeting with the school to get their assurances about implementing the 504 Plan. You could also review the 504 Plan at that time, to ensure it’s appropriate for high school.

Regarding the past lack of implementation, you may elect to file a complain through OCR’s complaint process: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html.

Melissa
08/24/2015

RETALIATION AND CHANGE OF PLACEMENT

After we complained to the OK State Ed and the Fed Ed. Dept. our school had the severe/profound disability teacher resign yet rehired her as support staff.Then they joined a tri-county coop and told us our son would have to attend a school 15 miles south.Our son has a seizure disorder and frequently needs rescue meds/medical intervention to stop seizures.The town where he is going doesn’t have appropriate medical facilities and we are now about a 20 minute drive to where he would be in school.We feel the school retaliated against the complaints we made to and ended the severe/profound disability class as a result.What else can we do except pull him out of school as we will not send him to the place in the other school district/county.

08/24/2015

PARAPROFESSIONAL

Parents of a 7yo with CP who has a one-to-one aide are not happy/satisfied with who the school hired as the aide this year. In fact, she had been a sub the previous year and the parents asked that she not be the child’s substitute aide again. Any recourse?

Di
08/24/2015

TAPE RECORDING IN NY OK?

Can a parent record a CSE meeting in New York?

Julie
08/24/2015

SCHOOL EXPELLED CHILD WITH INCONTINENCE – SAYS NO SERVICES AND NO SCHOOL FOR 6 YR OLD

A friend of mine has a 5.5 year old who already was placed at a school and then expelled for urinary incontinence. She is being treated by medical professionals who say it may be years before she improves. The schools are saying she doesn’t qualify for an IEP or 504 plan, so this child literally has nowhere to go for school. I have a hard time believing that she does not qualify for any accommodations or services. I haven’t been able to find anything in researching and wondered if there is anyone with like experience or resources to support this child, who is now being passed by as what should be her 1st grade year begins. Are they not required until the age of 6? Should she go to early intervention?

Thanks, Julie

JG
08/27/2015

Julie –

There are 3 laws that protect students with disabilities in public schools – the ADA, Section 504, and IDEA. Here is a comparison of the laws: http://dredf.org/advocacy/comparison.html.

I, too, disbelieve that your friend’s child would not be eligible under any of these. Here are some strategies that your friend could use.

IDEA and Section 504 provide stronger parental rights. Eligibility for either is determined through evaluation. Your friend could formally request (in writing) an evaluation under either of these laws, if they have not already.

If the school declines to evaluate or ignores the request, your friend may file a complaint through either their state’s IDEA complaint system or OCR’s complaint system.

JG
08/27/2015

If an evaluation was already completed under either IDEA or Section 504 and eligibility was denied, your friend would have recourse through a due process hearing.

Another option would be to request a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. The friend can write a letter stating:
– their child has a disability
– what the nature of that disability is
– they are requesting an accommodation under the ADA
– the accommodation(s) they are requesting

The school must make an individual determination regarding the reasonableness of the accommodation, based on the child’s needs and program resources. If they decide it is not reasonable, they must consider other accommodations.

JG
08/27/2015

If the school declines or ignores the request, the parent would have recourse through OCR’s complaint system.

Here are some resources that might help…

IDEA dispute resolution options: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/disputes-overview/
Section 504 Overview: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html
OCR Complaint Process: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html

And, as mentioned, your local parent center can be a great resource for info and support: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

08/25/2015

Have the parent contact his state parent training and information center.

http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

Diane
08/23/2015

WILL IEP LABEL MY CHILD FOR THE FUTURE?

Will having an I.E.P hurt my child in the future, will it follow him thru High School, College and in the work force.

JG
08/27/2015

Diane –

Your child can continue to have an IEP until they are found not eligible for special education, graduate, or age out. This could potentially expand beyond typical high school age, but the IEP is for primary and secondary school use only.This means that other entities, such as a college or place of employment, would not have access to the IEP unless your child provided it to them.

If your child continues to have a disability beyond school and continues to require accommodation, there are other laws (the ADA and Section 504) that would provide protection.

bridget
08/23/2015

ANXIETY WHEN PLACED IN ADVANCED CLASSES

Hi. My son will be going to 7th grade this year. Last year he was given advanced classes. But given one advanced one intensive math class. He passed both with A and B.His lowest grade was a C. Because of that one intensive class I noticed he became frustrated about school N less interested. This year they gave him no advanced classes. Two intensive reading classes. Is there a way to request they not place him in this intensive class and move him into regular reading class? Thank yoy for ur help

Jonathon
08/22/2015

CAN I EXPECT DISTRICT TO MAKE APPROPRIATE PLACEMENT?

9th grader has 504 (anxiety disorder). Excessive worry re school performance exhausts. Too much homework distress paralyzes. Succeeded in academic magnet programs. 8th grade magnet graduates are given slot in a magnet high school. Additional applicants selected by lottery. District placed (without 504 review)in most demanding school in state. Psychiatrist believes it threatens psychiatric gains; desires an academic magnet with lower expectations. District will not consider different magnet contending it puts her in line in front of applicants waiting in line. Option: zoned school (academically one of worst schools in state). Can I expect District to select appropriate school even if they must modify application/selection procedure?

sammy
08/21/2015

QUESTIONING CHILD WITHOUT PARENT

Can a superintendent and case manager question my 13 year old daughter about an IEP violation which we were trying to get resolved with the school? We were not notified of the questioning until they sent us an email giving her version of the story.

Stacey
08/21/2015

DENYING TRANSPORTATION, THEN CLAIMING TRUANCY

Can a school principal deny a student an IEP transportation service for attendance then turn in truancy to the courts and get my child put on informal supervision? Also can a 7 year old sign his own informal supervision paper agreeing to the supervision terms?

JG
08/26/2015

Stacey –

Let me see if I understand… your child already has an IEP and you requested transportation as a related service and were denied? If this is this correct, I want to ask what the principal used as a basis to deny the service? Was an evaluation completed?

I can’t speak to the truancy issues, but I would approach a request for transportation by asking the school to complete an evaluation of my child’s need for transportation. If my child had issues regarding attendance unrelated to transportation, I would ask that these also be investigated. A child cannot access FAPE if they cannot make it to school.

Karen
08/24/2015

They can not deny transportation. Under the law child is truant for reasons related for under ADA- tell them go to his doctor, get medical documentation stating child has” xyz diagnosis” he is a school principal?? not the district or special education director of the district? sounds like discrimination. my sons district tried this and i showed them them the laws under IDEA 2004. do your research. do not allow them to bully you.

Darren
08/21/2015

IS GPA REQUIREMENT FOR SPORTS DISCRIMINATION?

My son was told that he is ineligible to play football tonight and for the next 3 games because his GPA is lower than the required 2.0. I asked if there could be an acceptation because he has been an IEP student with a learning disability since the first grade and that he has never reached a 2.0 GPA (difficulties with reading and writing) and the AD, Principal and Director of People Service discussed said no because he did not meet the GPA and that it would not be fair for the other kids that are ineligible. What can I do, are there any cases or documentation that I can share to better explain that this is a discrimination issue and not a GPA/Participation issue?

Morning
08/24/2015

Chuck, thanks for the clarification as my knowledge base is on my experience with my son who was diagnosed with dyslexia after 4 years of special ed. through an IEE. My son is a three sport varsity athlete in high school. My son (unlike some) had strong advocacy that allowed him to make measurable progress, move towards college, etc. There are young athletes who just need a chance, better mentoring, etc. Some school athletes have undiagnosed learning disabilities. There is always hope for all students. See the link:http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/page/Outside-The-Lines-GPA/some-high-schools-actually-reducing-gpa-requirements-student-athletes

Chuck
08/24/2015

Whether you son is receiving an appropriate education is a very important question & should be addressed, but is different from this question. Find out whether this is a state or district requirement. Some states have such requirements, so districts must file them. If it is just a district rule, you might have a better chance of challenging it. Check with your state education agency or parent training & information project.

Morning
08/23/2015

Darren, the issue is not the GPA or the football. Is he making progress as a 2.0 is low and why has not that been addressed? What do you mean he has never reached a 2.0? This is alarming and is not a “touch down” in my book. What did the school district do all these years? Advocate for him to receive an IEE, assistive technology evaluation and the scientific based support that will help him achieve. My son plays sports–and is LD. I advocated for him at a high level and he received the right type of support and made honors, used assertive technology and had an IEE. My focus was not on the sports but the bigger picture. Sports, regardless of my son’s passion for sports, was secondary to holding the school district accountable.

Jennifer
08/24/2015

Some schools have the stipulation of a 2.0 or “making progress on the IEP goals.” Check to see if this is in your handbook. If he can function in the least restrictive setting with a 1.5, then that is where he should be.

Vanessa
08/20/2015

ESY FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Are students who are in private placements eligible for special education services?

JG
08/21/2015

That depends on what you mean by private placement and what state you live in.

If you refer to placement at a private school by parents when FAPE was not an issue… in MOST states, such students are not entitled to an IEP, but may instead receive services under a Services Plan.

In a few states such students are still entitled to an IEP (under state law), and the determination of the content of the IEP happens just as it would for public school students. You’d have to check your state regulations and guidance to know which rule your state follows.

If you refer to a placement pursuant to an IEP, here too the determination of the content of the IEP happens just as it would for public school students.

Vanessa
08/21/2015

Thank you for your response….actually I wrote my question wrong….what I was asking:

Are students who qualify for special education services that are in a private school placement…..do they qualify for Extended School Year Services? I’m specifically addressing those students who are place privately by there parents. Thank you

JG
08/25/2015

Vanessa –

If the student otherwise qualifies for an IEP, the student’s entitlement for extended year services is determined by his or her IEP Team.

Lisa
08/20/2015

CAN PARENTS PREVENT A 504?

I have a first grade student who has no modifications to his education whatsoever, and he attended here last year. He has a feeding tube because, for psychological reasons, he won’t eat. He has fetal alcohol syndrome and is highly distracted. I was told we cannot do a 504 for him because his parents don’t want us to do one. I thought we were obligated by law to provide a 504 if needed, parent permission or not. (I understand we need parent permission for an IEP.)

JG
08/21/2015

Lisa –

Under Section 504, parental consent is needed to evaluate the students for eligibility (this is an OCR interpretation, not actually in the regs). A school district may, however, can initiate a due process hearing to override the lack of consent.

Here is a FAQ from OCR about Section 504: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html.

It is sad to think about what issues may be at play with this parent, where he/she would not consent to the 504 process. I hope that your school tries to explore what these might be before either resorting to the hearing or simply giving up on it.

Edward
08/20/2015

MOM DEMANDS COMPENSATORY TIME

A mother took her child out of school to go on 3 week vacation. She is now demanding compensatory speech services that were missed. Is district required to compensate for missed time.

JG
08/21/2015

IDEA does not address how compensatory services should be applied, so this question would best be answered by your state Dept of Education.

Here (Mass) the state generally does not require a district to make up services if school was in session but the student was absent, and the absence was due to something other than his or her disability.

For example, services would be made up if the provider was absent, if weather canceled school, or because the student’s disability prevented ongoing attendance. Likewise they would not be made up if the student went on vacation or had absents due to incidental illness (like the flu).

Your state may may use a different standard, of course, or may explicitly address this in its special ed regulations.

Beckie
08/19/2015

SCHOOL NOT COMPLIANT WITH IEP, BUT I FEAR RETALIATION

I’m having trouble with my son’s school cooperating with his iep and special needs. I’ve got my ducks in a row, and am ready to throw the (law) book at them. My only concern is that the school isn’t actually our school district. I chose to send him there because it’s actually closer to our home, and i know the school because I went there. I wrote a letter to the school board years ago and they accepted him. If I made them angry, or ask them țo provide services they don’t want to, can they revoke or remove him? I don’t want my son to move schools now, he’d been there for six years.

Chuck
08/20/2015

Find their policy on “transfer students” & see what is says about accepting & terminating transfers.

Sarrie
08/18/2015

OK TO SHARE SPEECH TIME BETWEEN TWO STUDENTS?

Can a speech pathologist and a resource teacher work together with 2 students at the same time (one does not receive resource) for a 30 minute block and that count as 30 minutes of speech and 30 minutes of resource?

JG
08/19/2015

Regarding sharing the time between two students, this is okay as long as neither student’s IEP specifies otherwise.

On a side note… IDEA requires that the IEP list the frequency and duration of services, but does not actually require that the grouping size be listed (some states may). This is one of the greatest failings of the IEP form, in my opinion. Parents often assume a service is one-on-one when, more often than not, it’s not.

Regarding the provider time overlapping, I’m not 100% sure. If one of the services was listed as a consultation to the other provider, then it might be okay. But if both are listed as direct services to the student, my hunch is that it’s not okay. I would suggest contacting your state Dept of Ed to be sure.

Chuck
08/19/2015

This is a question for the state education agency special ed department.

Rebecca
08/18/2015

NEED CONTINUING ED FOR 19 YR OLD WITH ASPERGERS

My grandson has adhd bi polar and was told he has hi functioning aspergers. He is now 19 finished high school and wants to learn to be a mechanic and I don’t know where to find a school or tech school to help him. he is on disability. mainly looking for direction. we moved from PA a year ago and He needs to find his way.

JG
08/19/2015

Rebecca –

I would suggest that your grandson try your state’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency.

VR agencies help individuals with disabilities get ready for and obtain employment. They help people with all types of disabilities (but may prioritize services based on need), and most services are free.

The VR agency will help develop a plan for employment that includes employment-related goals and the services they will provide to help meet those goals. Helping individuals choose and pay for college/training is right in their wheelhouse!

They can also help individuals connect with other services and benefits.

If your grandson receives SSI and/or SSDI, he is also eligible to participate in the “Ticket to Work” program.

JG
08/19/2015

This program has a similar goal of helping individuals with disabilities get ready for and obtain employment. Through Ticket to Work, individuals work with an authorized service provider towards employment-related goals.

In my experience, the VR agency is the best place to start. VR agencies are authorized Ticket to Work service provides, plus they often offer more robust services than other providers. And you can always change your service provider if they are not working out.

Here’s a list of VR agencies by state: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/UCM277757.pdf.

Here’s a general overview of VR agencies: https://www.communityinclusion.org/pdf/to19.pdf.

And here’s info on Ticket to Work: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/.