Changing Schools and IEPs;
Military Families with Special Needs

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November 20 , 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 412
Subscribers: 55,329

In This Issue:

Moves, Transfers, and Kids with IEPs

Help for Military Families & Free Pub

Success Story: Mom Attends Wrightslaw Training, Starts New Advocacy Group

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Military/DoD Special Education
Military Child Education Coalition
What You Need to Know about IEPs
What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004

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For most kids, moving and transferring to new schools is emotionally difficult. For children with disabilities, transferring is more complicated because the child receives special education under an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

The law about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for kids who transfer changed under IDEA 2004. Learn what the law requires schools to do when children transfer from another state and within the same state.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate provides information for families who are moving, and additional information for military families who have children with disabilities and are being transferred.

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Moves, Transfers, and Kids with IEPs

"I'm a special ed teacher and need information on timelines for IEPs. My administrator said we have a '90-day reprieve' on an IEP when a new child moves into the district. Is this true?"

How long does a school have to implement a child's IEP? Does the law include a 'reprieve' for schools? Can a school wait 90 days before providing special education services?

In Changing Schools and IEPs, Pam Wright describes what IDEA 2004 requires for kids who transfer within a state, and for those who transfer from another state.

in this article, Pam explains that IDEA does not include any "reprieve" of one day, one week, one month, or 90 days to provide the child with the special education services that are spelled out in the IEP.

There is no provision in the law to wait.

When children with disabilities move to a new school district - in the same state or a different state - the new school district must provide services that are comparable to the services in the child's current IEP.

What does "comparable" mean? For the answer to this question, read Changing Schools and IEPs.

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Help for Military Families with Exceptional Family Members

On the Military Families and DoD Education page you'll find articles, caselaw and resources for military families who have exceptional members.

Free Pub! The Special Needs Parent Toolkit (free download) has comprehensive information and tools designed to help military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support. and benefits and entitlements.

This Toolkit includes information and resources from Wrightslaw.

From Emotions to Advocacy bookModule 5, Advocating for Your Child, lists Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second edition by Pam and Pete Wright as an excellent source for advocacy information.

Module 6: Resources and Support lists Wrightslaw as the source to go to for information on IDEA 2004:

"Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for reliable information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw includes thousands of articles, cases, and free resources on dozens of special education topics. This an excellent source for parents who are learning to navigate through the Special Education System."

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Success Story: Mom Attends Wrightslaw Training, Starts Advocacy Training Group

Sandra Biggs, a mother of four children with special needs, traveled 6 hours from Georgia to attend the Special Education Law and Advocacy Training at Ft. Bragg in September.

Read about Sandra's "incredible experience" at Ft. Bragg.

Sandra also purchased the 6.5 hour multimedia program about Special Education Law & Advocacy. This is what she said ...

"I listen to the training CD-ROM as my way of getting the review and repetition on a regular basis even though there is very little time in my busy schedule. Each time I listen, I pick up something new."

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