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Virginia's Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities. The guidelines (October 2013) are available online at Virginia Department of Education.
Legislative Advocacy Alert: Proposed Regulations! Restraint, Seclusion and Use of Aversives: Proposed Virginia Regulations (May 2013)
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Every school division is required to have a SEAC. The major purpose of SEACs is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way school divisions provide services to students with disabilities. The responsibility for training and technical assistance was transferred from the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU to the Virginia Department of Education.
08/27/12 Protest Virginia AMOs. (Annual Measurable Objectives). Citizens of Virginia are encouraged to join the protest against new annual benchmarks announced by the Virginia Dept. of Education on July 24, 2012.
Youth Leadership Forum 2012. The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities invites applications from rising high school juniors or seniors with disabilities for the 2012 YLF. Students, parents, and teachers agree that the one week leadership training program, held in Richmond from July 23-27 at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a life-changing experience…and with expenses paid for the 25 students chosen as delegates, you should encourage a student to apply today! Deadline March 30! Video!
01/24/12 Pending VA Legislation
12/14/11 VA DOE Parent Involvement Survey
11/28/11 Educate Every Child Report Released
11/18/10 Homebound Instructional Services
The board accepted the report for first review and authorized 30 days of public comment on the findings of the review. Final action will be requested at the January meeting.
10/04/10 Public Comment: Autism Spectrum Disorders Report
A public comment period is now in place until 5pm October 15, 2010 for review of the DRAFT “Response to the JLARC Report: Assessment of Services for Virginians with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
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Update: February 8, 2010. Action Alert! Please contact your Virginia Senators TODAY! and ask them to vote NO on the bill. This week, the Virginia Senate will again consider SB 689, which would severely limit the ability of people with disabilities to access the court system through the Virginia Protection & Advocacy system. Here's what you can do.
Update: January 28, 2010. The Virginia Senate has temporarily delayed action on this bill. Updates will follow as we receive information about the status of SB 689.
Action Alert! Wednesday, January 27, 2010. Contact Your VA State Senator TODAY on Senate Bill 689. Here's how.
This bill threatens our right to have an independent Virginia Office on Protection and Advocacy that can file lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and other federal disability rights laws. More information about the Bill.
New! Virginia Family Special Education Connection provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs.
Guidelines for Managing Student Behaviors In Emergency Situations in Virginia Public Schools Focusing on Physical Restraint and Seclusion (Revised Sept 2009).
Report on Seclusion and Restraint Policies in VA Public Schools (April 2009). ODR/AS contacted each Virginia public school division to determine whether local school divisions had adopted local policies or procedures implementing VDOE’s guidance document on physical restraint and seclusion. As a part of this inquiry, VDOE was asked to ascertain the rationale of the school divisions that had not adopted such policies.
Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Virginia’s Public Schools. Supplemental Report (July 2009), Special Education and Student Services, Office of Dispute Resolution & Administrative Services. 81 LEAs (61.4%) in VA provide training on the use of restraint and seclusion and 51 LEAs (38.6%) do not. The report contains lists of those school divisions that provide training and those that do not.
Final Special Education Regulations became effective July 7, 2009. (8VAC20-81)
History of the Revision Process for VA Special Education Regulations, April 28, 2008 - July 7, 2009.
Your Family's Special Education Rights: VA Procedural Safeguards Notice (Revised August 2009)
Virginia Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (statewide)
PELE Initiative, Special Education Advocacy Clinic at William and Mary Law School. The clinic is designed to assist children with special needs, and their families, with Individualized Education Program (IEP) eligibility or meetings, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.
Law students offer their services to families at no charge and conduct a free training class each semester to offer tools and information to parents. Families interested in learning more about assistance offered by the Special Education Advocacy Clinic may call (757)221-3780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New! Myth: ESY is just about regression and recoupment! Learn the basics, the VA Regulations, and Caselaw about ESY from Patty Roberts, Director, William and Mary's Law School Special Education Advocacy Clinic PELE.
Training Advocates to Step Up to Leadership Roles. Become a Partner in Policymaking. Do you want to be a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for your own or your child’s rights? Join a statewide corps of Virginians active in public discussions of policies and practices affecting people with disabilities.
The application for the 2012-2013 PIP cycle will be available here in January 2012.
April 15, 2010, Thursday, 4:30-6:00 pm, Workshop for Families of Children with Special Needs. PELE Parent Education: William & Mary Law School. Free - all are welcome.
April 15, 2010, Thursday, 4:30-6:00 pm, PELE Parent Education: Mythbusters: Unraveling the Myths concerning Parental Roles in IEPs, SOLs, BIP, Placement, LRE, ESY, Resources. (Free)
March 18, 2010, Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm, Hampton Roads Special Education Parent Support Group Meeting. Guest speaker is Judy Lambert of Autism Tutoring Services. (Free) Hampton Roads Special Education Parent Support Group.
November 3, 2009, Tuesday, 4:00-5:30 pm, PELE Parent Education (Fall Session): “Keeping Your Child’s IEP on Track.”
Review these Training Sessions
Presented by the Special Education Advocacy Clinic (PELE) Students at the College of William & Mary School of Law.
February 26,2009, Thursday, 6:00-7:30 pm, PELE Parent Forum (Spring Session).March 24, 2009,Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 pm, PELE Educator Forum (Spring Session).
Assessment of Services For Virginians With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Report of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission To the Governor and The General Assembly of Virginia, House Document No. 8 2009.
Response to Intervention (RtI) Parent Notification
Secondary Transition - Plan Early for Best Results
Here’s where you’ll find information about the impact of sequestration on federal funding for the IDEA in Virginia. Frequently Asked Questions on sequestration, IDEA, and the impact on education funding.
Follow IDEA Money Watch for Virginia. Virginia will receive $281,415,033 in IDEA Part B Recovery Funds to improve services to its 151,651 school age students with disabilities. The Virginia DOE has provided its school districts with guidance on use of these funds.
IDEA Money Watch has state-by-state blogs that report on use of funds and provide information and resources. State IDEA Facts provides quick data look-up on special education students and IDEA funds going to each state.
Last revised: 11/26/13