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ISSN: 1538-320
July 17, 2018

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Never make assumptions about the role of a one-to-one aide.

Parents and school personnel must have a clear understanding about a child's need for an aide.

There is no federal legal definition for an aide. When you use the term paraprofessional in the IEP, you refer to a federal legal definition and a quality standard.

Formal accommodation and treatment plans for students with disabilities must be implemented by trained teachers and NOT parent volunteers.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate explains what IDEA 2004 says about paraprofessionals, qualifications of paraprofessionals, and strategies parents can use to make their case for a parapro.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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How To Request a One-to-One Aide

Parent Attorney Wayne Steedman provides advice about aides and a game plan that includes evaluations and observations of your child.

Learn why it is never safe to assume and why you should be careful about what you wish for.


Requesting a Parapro Not an Aide

Why should parents request a paraprofessional, not an aide, in their child's IEP?

Advocate Sue Whitney says, A simple change in this wording of the IEP document makes a huge difference in what the IEP says...

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IDEA 2004: Ensuring personnel have the skills and knowledge necessary...

20 U.S.C § 1400(c)(5)(E), Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 46.

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Parent Volunteers are NOT a Substitute for Trained Teachers

My daughter with PTSD and Sensory Processing Disorder has a prescribed protocol for use in the classroom. The many parent volunteers don't follow the protocol.

Do not settle for anything less than a real teacher who is trained to provide for your daughter’s needs.

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