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IEP SOS

2020-07-11T22:21:25+00:00

IEP meeting coming up? You probably find IEP and 504 meetings confusing in general, and now during the Coronavirus, things feel even worse. At meetings parents are outnumbered by school people. They seem to speak a foreign language of special education acronyms. And your questions are often left unanswered. All you want is understand the IEP process and help your special needs child. You may not even be sure of the meaning of an IEP vs. a 504 Plan.   You're not alone if you think an accommodation is something more you book at a hotel.   On the other [...]

IEP SOS2020-07-11T22:21:25+00:00

Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights

2020-04-15T02:26:14+00:00

Bullying is a hot topic in the news lately as well it should.   And as a special education attorney I hear about students with disabilities being bullied frequently.  See this article from StopBullingNow.com and this site EyesonBullying for good advice about what to do if your child is being bullied. The Obama administration is pressuring schools to help curb bullying, particularly when the victim it targeted because he or she has a disability, is gay or is part of another protected group (such as a racial or ethnic minority).  Last week, the U.S. Department of Ed. released some formal [...]

Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights2020-04-15T02:26:14+00:00

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

2020-04-15T17:32:39+00:00

One of the most challenging and infuriating areas in which I practice is advocating for the gifted and disabled (called "twice exceptional") these days.  I feel particularly passionately about these cases because I fall into the category of twice exceptional (I suffer from multiple learning disabilities) and when I was a student in public school, I was left back in second grade and misdiagnosed as cognitively "slow." I am continually arguing to the school districts in South Florida that a gifted student should not be denied special education and related services soley because they are capable of performing at or above grade level.  I understand that the [...]

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!2020-04-15T17:32:39+00:00

Can the ADA Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever!

2020-04-15T03:18:03+00:00

If you're reading this blog, you've probably heard of the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act – that’s the landmark piece of civil rights 1990 legislation which requires wheelchair accessible bathrooms, for instance.  But what you may not know is whether the ADA applies to your disabled child in school.  You'd think it would, right?  But then, why does everyone talk about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) all the time?  Well, Title II of the ADA does apply to your disabled child in school.  Not just with respect to students with physical disabilities in wheelchairs, but also to [...]

Can the ADA Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever!2020-04-15T03:18:03+00:00

McKay Scholarship Expansion – 504 Plans Can Get $ for Private School

2020-04-15T03:33:08+00:00

If your disabled child has a written school plan giving him or her accommodations (called a "504 Plan"),  that plan can translate into a dollar amount, and you can use that money to pay for private school tuition.  Governor Scott signed a new law expanding the McKay Scholarship program to cover students with 504 Plans, and that law goes into effect on July 1, 2011.  Prior to this expansion, only children with Individual Education Plans ("IEPs") were eligible for the McKay Scholarship.  504 Plans are named after the law which authorizes them - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of [...]

McKay Scholarship Expansion – 504 Plans Can Get $ for Private School2020-04-15T03:33:08+00:00

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan

2020-04-15T03:27:24+00:00

In the past, as many of you know, it has been extremely difficult for a learning disabled student who has performed well in school by compensating for his or her disabilities to obtain a 504 Plan.  That was because the law (Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as interpreted by most school districts) stated that students who achieved well in school could not, by definition, have a disability which "substantially limited" the "major life activity" of learning - even if they suffered from a learning disability, ADHD or other disability. Getting a 504 Plan for [...]

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan2020-04-15T03:27:24+00:00

Accommodations in Grades K-12. How to Navigate the Public System. . .

2020-04-15T03:29:22+00:00

Once the psycho-educational evaluation of your son or daughter is complete (See this post for more details on getting an evaluation), if a disability is found the next step will be to have a school meeting to determine if that disability significantly impacts his or her educational performance.  That sounds simple enough, but can actually be a great sticking point, particularly for gifted and disabled students. I covered that topic in detail in an article reprinted on the ISER web site. One thing is for sure that a student does not have to be failing in order to qualify for [...]

Accommodations in Grades K-12. How to Navigate the Public System. . .2020-04-15T03:29:22+00:00

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