Should We Discontinue Services & Terminate the IEP?

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 we discontinue services? You ask a good question, one that many parents struggle with. You need more information before making …Read more

College Accommodations: What are My Child’s Rights?

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. These were all denied. We have a section about college issues and problems on the Wrightslaw College: Continuing and Higher …Read more

What’s the Intent of a Summary of Performance?

When I asked the IEP team about my son’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 son was already out of high school. What is the intent of a Summary of Performance?  What should it look like? When your child graduates from high school with a regular diploma or “ages out” of special education, …Read more

Applying for Money for College Just Got Easier

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 for students to access financial support for postsecondary studies. Watch the video for 5 easy tips to score student aid.

College Students with Disabilities – Spend Your Summer in DC!

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.

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 methods.