The real problem is that my son cannot read. The teachers and principal at his school are wonderful. They want my son to have an aide during the day. The school board will not approve this. As a single mother of three children and a college student myself, I feel like I am being ignored. I do not know what to do or where to turn.
I need help from an advocacy group that can help me help my son. He will be in fourth grade soon, and is running out of time. Any information you have is greatly appreciated.
I think you should contact an attorney, not to initiate legal proceedings, but to develop a strategy to educate your school district about what is required of them under IDEA and to develop a plan to get an appropriate education for your son.
and advocates often work together with parents to recommend strategies
that result in an appropriate education for a child. You may need
to talk to many people before you decide what to do and who to work
with. You will need to continue to be the "manager"
of your son's education plan, but you need to find people who
can help you put a good plan into place.
calling and emailing people. Ask questions until you find the help
you need to develop and implement a plan for your son's education.
If you are persistent, you will find the help you need.
Here are links that will take you to people in your area who can help. Start here -
Disability Law Center
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