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If we don’t agree with my son’s IEP and didn’t sign it can we just send an e-mail to the school saying we don’t agree and would like to meet again? Would this suffice to stop the IEP from being put in place? Or can they still go ahead with their plan?


Possibly. This would depend partially on your state policy on resolving disputes regarding students with IEPs. Your state parent training and information project will have information on your options regarding this.


My daughter checks out of school the last two hours of the day, every day and misses days for decompression to prevent her severe anxiety attacks due to her ASD/OCD diagnosis. She received a RX stating that absences and tardies are not to be held against her due to her need for decompression and anxiety. This was written for her in 4th grade to follow her in her file. The school is refusing to give her the work she misses class. She is also diagnosed as profoundly gifted. She has had straight As from 1st-7th grade. She is in 8th grade now. She currently has Incompletes and Fs in all her classes. Is there anything I can do about this? Any advice will be welcome.


You should involve the district special ed director if you have not already done so. Rules on attendance & absences can vary greatly between states. Your state parent training and information center can help you understand your options in your state.


Hi all, I am in Nebraska and am having a hard time getting my daughter with Down Syndrome services Bc they claim we have to do IQ score to verify with the academic testing for the 20 pt discrepancy. However, I know this is not true. But can’t find the law that changed in 2014 stating other forms of assessment can be used for verification.


Your state parent training and information project can assist you on this.


I am looking for information regarding accommodations and/or laws or policies regarding dress code at a middle school. I’ve tried all of the above and can’t seem to find anything. It’s not regarding punishment for not following it – it’s regarding inability to follow it due to disability. Can someone point me in the right direction?


Every state has a federally funded Disability Rights group. They should be able to give you some information and advice on this.



Can you help or recommend who can answer this question(s)?

My son is Fed setting 1, senior in high school. He ended up taking 2 Special Ed classes this fall instead of 1 (this was our choice based on the school’s offerings for math this year and not based on the team stating that he had any need for an additional SPED class environment). The SPED staff thinks he now needs to be Fed setting 2 for the spring.

My questions are:

-Does the Federal setting need to be changed from 1 to 2 if the class schedule exceeds the 21% by just a few minutes per day?
-Would it help to state in the PWN that for this spring, the family is choosing this extra SPED class but that his fed setting shouldn’t change?
-Is the entire day (including lunch time and passing time) included in the total number


The answer to this may depend on state rules. I would suggest contacting your state parent training and information center. They will be familiar with state rules, and your options.


My child’s IEP includes “pull out” services and in several locations in her IEP it states she will go to the “resource room.” I have learned that there is no resource room and she has been provided special education services in a cubicle in the lobby and what they call a “break out space” which is a table in the hallway. I believe this is a violation of her IEP and I have filed a formal complaint with the state. I cannot find case law regarding this particular issue, can anyone assist?


Your state parent training and information center staff should know the state law, and rules on this.


I would be more concerned about who is teaching her and is the environment conducive to her learning. I don’t know if DOE specifies the type of setting in which specialized instruction should take place if it’s not in the regular classroom…but it’s important that your daughter receives FAPE and her needs are met in the same way the needs of other students are met.
As a parent I would also want to be sure that a setting like this doesn’t create a social problem for my child – some kids love to pick on the one child that’s sitting in the cube in the hallway. A separate resource room that looks like just any other classroom is less likely to create this kind of targeting – in my opinion.