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 Special Education Questions and Answers

 
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Question: Is a special education teacher required to show an advocate how she individualizes for a student in the classroom?

 

Answer: Click here to see Lynne's answer.

 

Question: Does the NCLB law (or any other law) include any specifications for when a school district may be required to transport a special needs child from one school site to another during the day?

  

Answer:  Click here to see Lynne's answer.

 

Question: My grandson is 5 years old and has autism. The 3 year MET is now due and the school says that he does not have all 4 characteristics to be labeled as autistically impaired. Therefore, the school wants to remove his label. His mother and I strongly disagree and we want his label to remain. Can the school remove his label without my daughter's signature? She had to sign 3 years ago to have him labeled in the first place.
 

Answer:  Click here to see Lynne's answer.

 

Question:  May a district require parents of students with disabilities to accompany them on field trips when non-disabled students are permitted to attend unaccompanied?

 

Answer: Click here to see Tricia's answer.

 

Question:  I have a 15 yr old 9th grader in High School who is in the process of going from a self-contained classroom to a mainstream classroom.  I have been trying to get the school system to put into his IEP goals something that will teach him how to take classroom notes, organize notebooks, etc. (All the organizational study skills that he will need to survive and keep up in the mainstream environment.)  I keep getting the run-around.  What if anything can I do to help him?  He gets into trouble at school because he is not being challenged and I want him moved on to the next level where he can get some kind of an education.

 

Answer:   Click here to see Tricia's answer.

 

Question:  I have a boy in my 6th grade class that was diagnosed with Lupus at the beginning of the school year. He has missed 18 days already this year. I have actually taken assignments to his house and the hospital for him, but he continues to fall behind. IEP requests were refused twice b/c he would not be attending special education classes in school. The principal even had the nerve to tell this boy's father that he shouldn't be in school and should have a private tutor.  He is very bright and I would hate to see him fall further behind, but without an IEP providing the steps that need to be taken for him, its inevitable. I have even offered my own personal assistance when he is unable to attend school, but the admin refuses.  Anyone have any suggestions?

 

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Question:  My child is currently enrolled in a public school.  According to his IEP, he qualifies for several forms of therapy.   We were told that if we put him into a private school he will loose services.  The private school disagrees.  Who is going to pay and how do I find out who is responsible for his special education needs? 

 

Answer:  Click here to see our answer.

 

Question: I have a 9 year-old son in the 4th grade.  He has been diagnosed with Autism and is included in a regular ed setting with adaptations, modifications, and a full-time teacher's aide.  My question is about social skills and how to write goals and objectives for the IEP.  Do you have any suggestions, ideas, or know of any models that may be useful to me and the team?
 
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Question: My child is fourteen years old and labeled emotionally impaired. We really need help in our home and in coordinating all of her services. I feel as if I get different suggestions from the school, the doctors and the people at the Community Mental Health Board. How can I grab control of this fragmented system?
 

Answer:  Click here to see our answer.

 

Question:  Is my child eligible for assistive technology in the home provided by the school?

 

Answer:  Click here to see our answer.

 

Question:  I have a question about a child in General Ed.  He is allergic to bee stings and his doctor has prescribed an EPI-PEN for use in a life-threatening situation.  The school district policy is to keep meds locked up in the office, dispensed by staff, etc.  In other words, difficult to access in a situation where anaphylaxis can cause death in a matter of minutes.  The Mother has gone along with this.  Now the class is planning a field trip to an orchard and it's "bee season".  The new teacher is not as willing to "bend" the rules and carry the EPI-PEN as the previous teacher was. Is this more of an ADA/504 issue?

 

Answer:  This is an ADA/504 issue requiring the reasonable accommodation of the school teacher carrying the Epi-Pen when the kids are on the field trip.  We suggest the mother write a letter to the school confirming their knowledge of her son's allergy and requesting the reasonable accommodation of having the teacher carry the Epi-Pen. She should be sure to mention both the ADA and Section 504.

 

Question:  There are issues with transportation for my child to and from school.  How do I find out if I am eligible for reimbursement for any expenses incurred (such as mileage) if I transport my child?

 

Answer:  If your child is eligible for special education services we suggest that you make sure transportation is checked as a needed service on your daughter's IEP. Start by contacting the special education director and requesting reimbursement.  If your daughter is not special education eligible you should contact the special education director and ask who the 504 Coordinator is for the special education director [because no one else usually knows who the 504 Coordinator is]. Ask for a written 504 plan and make sure that it indicates that special transportation is necessary. You should then be able to ask for reimbursement.

 

Question:  When my son went through his IEP, they told us that he qualified for services including OT and PT.  We were also told if we chose to go to private school, we would loose all those services.  The private school is telling us that is incorrect, and that we may have to fight for the services they say in his IEP that we qualify for.  There is a local Parent Support group, who say we don't qualify for help in private school because of the box on the IEP checked. They only pay for special ed in private school if the child has "low incidence eligible" such as blind or has an orthopedic impairment. I can not afford the private speech therapy. My son's speech has declined a little over the summer, and he still has trouble putting sentences together. I'm told the problem is with pragmatics rather than vocabulary. What would be the best source for me to follow?

 

Answer:  Click here to see our answer.

 

Question:  Do school districts have to provide services to private students with disabilities at the site of a private school?

 

Answer:  Click here to see our answer.

 

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