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El:  Does the school have the right to deny a child’s parent the right to be their child’s personal aide?

The district wants to place my autistic kid who needs assistance with diapering and eating in a 6:1:4 life skills classroom on the grounds that it’s the only setting where aides are trained to provide such an assistance. I want a different placement so that he can learn academic skills and agreed to be a personal aide to my child during the school day. The school where I wanted my child to be mainstreamed is against under the pretense that it would be unfair to general ed students in that classroom whose parents are not there. Does the school have the right to say that?

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Can a parent have direct contact with the paraprofessional with my child, is there a law or policy. We’re Huntsville, AL.


Your state parent training & information center can assist you with this.


I had to read your question and comments several times. I understand what you are saying from a personal level as I have a child in special ed. As a former para, it is unrealistic and unprofessional for any parents to want to take the role of a para for their child. Many children with a wide range and scope of needs have gone through the educational system with well trained paras. Parents can play different roles in the schools. You can make a bigger impact in many other ways. With that being said, you do have a right to know if the aides are highly qualified. Your child can and should be mainstreamed in the LRE with a well trained aide. I agree that your child should not be restricted to a contained classroom only because of his/her needs.


who is going to take care of this better than a parent? It takes the stress of nursing off the teacher. Its not the job of an educator to do nursing. They have enough legalities to deal with. It is not fair not to be able to do this for your own child. I think, though, you should be willing to help the other children in the classroom, if needed.