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 any decisions about discontinuing services and the IEP. Get an Evaluation It would be a good idea to have your daughter evaluated by a psychologist …Read more
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 Education page at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.index.htm. Start with these two free publications. Preparing Your Child For College: A Resource Book for Parents This resource book is designed …Read more
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, IDEA requires the school to provide a “summary of academic achievement and functional performance.” The Summary of Performance (SOP) should include recommendations about ways to …Read more
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.
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.
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.