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Circulation: 88,005
ISSN: 1538-320
January 3, 2012

happy girl in schoolNew Year Quick Picks 2012: Special Education FAQs

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate Wrightslaw provides answers to frequently asked questions, directs you to specific sections in IDEA 2004 and the Federal Regulations, and offers additional resources for more information.

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PE and Adapted PE

May I request that the school put at least 10 minutes a day of physical activity for my child on his IEP?

If your child has a disability and an IEP, the school must provide physical education as part of your child's special education program.

Answer: Read IDEA requirements for specially designed Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education (APE)


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Editor's Choice: Placement

Placement decisions - who makes them? Are parents involved?

What can parents do, what can we not do, who has a say in placement, and what happens if we disagree with the school?

Answer: IDEA 2004 says parents must be involved in placement decisions.

More about Inclusion, LRE, and Mainstreaming


Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy

5 W's + H + E Questions

How do you become informed, educated parent advocates for your children when information is withheld or not provided?

Answer: Ask questions. Lots and lots of questions. Learn how to overcome obstacles by asking "Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? and Explain?"

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Chapter 5, urges parents to learn about the 5 W's + H + E questions. Don't have a copy? Order one today!


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IEPs: Parental Consent

If I refuse consent for a new intervention program, can the school terminate my son’s IEP?

You can allow the school to implement parts of the IEP. The school may not draw a line in the sand, or force you to accept the IEP “all or nothing.” 

Answer: Implementing part of an IEP in Can I Revoke Consent for a Service in the IEP?


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