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Should We Discontinue Services & Terminate the IEP?

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My daughter is an 18 year old junior who misses school because of migraines. She has an IEP for reading problems.  The Special Ed teacher doesn’t believe she has headaches, interferes in everything, and tries to control everything my daughter does. My daughter says she gets nothing from special ed. She wants to quit. Can […]

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College Accommodations: What are My Child’s Rights?

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Where can I find out my daughter’s rights to accommodations in college? We asked for testing to be done out of the classroom in a quiet location. All of her tests in high school were done this way. We also asked for copies of notes, PowerPoint slides, and teacher outlines to help her follow lectures. […]

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What’s the Intent of a Summary of Performance?


When I asked the IEP team about my daughter’s Summary of Performance, I got the “deer in the headlights” look – they didn’t even know what it was.  We finally got one in late summer when my daughter was already out of high school. What is the intent of a Summary of Performance?  What should […]

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Applying for Money for College Just Got Easier

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has just been streamlined. Applying for student aid for college should be easier, the form is simpler, shorter, and more user friendly. For the 2010-11 academic year, students could begin filing their FAFSAs on January 1, 2010. It is hoped that simplifying FAFSA will make it easier […]

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College Students with Disabilities – Spend Your Summer in DC!

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Each year, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts two Summer Internship Programs for College Students with Disabilities in Washington, DC, providing paid travel to and from DC, paid fully-accessible housing, and living stipends.  AAPD is now accepting applications for the 2010 Summer Internship programs.

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Do Students Have to be out of Resource Room by 9th Grade to go to College?


You asked: “Do students need to be out of the resource room by 9th grade in order to go to college?” I’m confused about this question. A “resource room” is simply a classroom where kids with disabilities get specialized instruction to meet their unique needs, delivered (hopefully) by teachers who are trained in research based […]

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