Eligibility: IEP FOR CHILD WITH ADD & HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM

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Bonnie:  My son has ADD and High Functioning Autism. He makes straight A’s in school but has difficulty with social cues and with getting his assignments completed. The school says that he does not qualify for an IEP or a 504 plan because his disability is not affecting his grades. He is also being bullied in school and was suspended for 3 days for pushing the kid away that was pushing and punching him. What can I do?

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margarita

Get an advocate to assist you.

Amy

A student does not need to be struggling academically to qualify for an IEP (special education) or 504 accommodations. However, in order to qualify, your son’s evaluation team would need to determine that:

For an IEP–Your son meets your state’s special education criteria, and specialized instruction is necessary for skill development in other areas besides academics (such as social communication,etc.)

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For a 504 plan–Specialized instruction is not needed, but accommodations are necessary in order to mitigate the impact your son’s disabilities have on his ability to access the curriculum and participate on a level playing field with nondisabled peers.

Chuck

Eligibility for special ed services includes behavior & social skills. Research eligibility on this website. Your state parent training & information center can also assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/