IEP Development Process: In an effort to build an integrated system to
implement requirements and practices that are compliant AND focused on
results for students, the OSE-EIS has developed awareness documents and
training materials for the IEP Development Process. (5/10)
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Creature Comforts: Assistance AnimalsNow Come in
All Shapes and Species - What’s most
striking about Ann Edie and her miniature guide horse, Panda, is that after
the initial shock of seeing a horse walk into a cafe, or ride in a car,
watching them work together makes the idea of guide miniature horses seem
utterly logical. Even normal. So normal, in fact, that people often find it
hard to believe that the United States government is considering a proposal
that would force Edie and many others like her to stop using their service
MI Highly Recommended!
The Education Law
Center - A
one-stop resource for information on the laws that apply in a school
setting. ELC lawyers have years of practical experience and include John
Brower, Bridges4Kids’ resource attorney.
How to Resolve
Special Education Disputes - In drafting the
provisions of IDEA, Congress clearly contemplated that, at times, there would be
disagreements between parents of children with disabilities and the school
districts providing special education and related services to their children.
When such disagreements occur, parents and school districts can turn to IDEA’s
dispute resolution options. Find out what those options are---there’s a new one.
NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, has
posted a training module covering Options for Dispute Resolution which includes
PowerPoint slide shows to use in training sessions, a detailed discussion of
IDEA for trainers, and handouts for audience participants.
A Parent’s Guide to Response-to-Intervention
-The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
of 2004 (IDEA 2004) includes a provision that allows states and school districts
to use high quality, research-based instruction in general and special education
to provide services and interventions to students who struggle with learning and
may be at risk of or suspected of having learning disabilities. The National
Center for Learning Disabilities has written this Guide to provide an overview
of the Response-to-Intervention process and its implementation and suggest
questions that parents can ask about it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Education from
Ed.gov - For quick answers to frequently asked questions about education,
the U.S. Department of Education offers an online resource filled with
up-to-date information on numerous aspects of federal law, policy and
initiatives. The website answers more than 100 questions related to topics
addressed by the Department, including No Child Left Behind, financial aid,
special education, school choice, grants and research. Topics are available in a
fully searchable format that includes responses with links to additional
information from internal and external sources. In addition, some answers are
available in Spanish.
Confronting Ableism -
From an early age,
many people with disabilities encounter the view that disability is negative and
tragic and that “overcoming” disability is the only valued result. Such an "ableist"
perspective asserts that it is preferable for a child to read print rather than
Braille, walk rather than use a wheelchair, spell independently rather than use
a spell-checker, read written text rather than listen to a book on tape, and
hang out with nondisabled kids rather than with other disabled kids. These
ableist assumptions become dysfunctional when the education services provided to
disabled children focus on "fixing" the disability or "changing the behavior" to
the exclusion of all else. Instead, a better way to frame the purpose of special
education would be to see it as a means of minimizing the impact of disability
and maximizing the opportunities for students with disabilities to participate
in schooling and the community.
People Make: Parents - Because the stakes are
so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs
to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services
their children need.
The National Association of
Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE) is "a
national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all
children and adolescents with special needs receive the best
education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with
children in special education by giving them numerous resources
within the field of special education. By having an association
that they can truly call their own, parents with children in
special education now have an association that is completely
devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its
community through networking, research, publications, and
membership benefits." This is not a free service; membership
Practice—Wanted, Needed, and Hard to Get - While the law
requires teachers to use evidence-based practices in their
classrooms, the field has not yet determined criteria for
evidence based practice nor whether special education has a
solid foundation of evidence-based practices. Also, those
teaching strategies that have been researched are difficult for
teachers to access.
Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities - This Tool Kit, a
collaboration between the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
Services (OSERS), the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE),
and the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), brings together the most
current and accurate information, including research briefs and resources
designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students
with disabilities in a format that is easy to access and to understand. The
Tool Kit will assist state personnel, schools, and families in their efforts
to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a quality education.
Question and Answer Session with
Pete Wright - Parents of special education
students know of Pete Wright. They know his Web site,
www.wrightslaw.com.They know he once represented a South Carolina special education
student whose case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of
the family. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to Wright about teaching
kids to read, how to keep Individualized Education Program meetings from
going sour and why parents shouldn't resist standardized testing.
with Disabilities Barred from Title I
Programs - "I work as a speech therapist
for a public school system. We have been told that students may not have
Title I reading resource and special ed goals in reading because this is
"double-dipping" into federal monies. Is this true?"
When It's Your Own Child:
A Report on Special Education
From Families Who
Use It - The stigma once attached to
children with disabilities is disappearing, according to parents of special
education students. Majorities also give their local special education
programs and teachers high marks. But parents offer mixed views on whether
the right kids are getting the right services, with most saying too many
special-needs children lose out because their parents aren't aware of what's
R&D Alert Vol. 6, No. 1:
Focus on Special Education (PDF)- Contents: When Special Education and General
Education Unite, Everyone Benefits, From the CEO: Improving
Special Education Means Improving Education, Special Educators
Responding to Shifting Definitions of "Highly Qualified",
Responsiveness to Intervention: A Promising Alternative for
Identifying Students with Learning Disabilities, Improving
Assessment for Special Needs, WestEd Resources on Special
Education, and What's New, Hot, & Useful.
The Special Ed Advocate:
September 16, 2004 Edition -
Getting help for a child with reading problems; what does law
say about passing grades; can parent get child's IEP changed:
do teachers have to provide accommodations in child's IEP;
prepub offer Stephen Jeffers v. School Board ends 9/28;
finding help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities;
new issue of The Beacon on high-stakes testing; Wrightslaw
programs in CT, VA, OK.
Focused Monitoring (PDF)
- How the federal government has changed its special
education accountability process to focus on results.
Education and Dispute Resolution: CADRE, the National Center on Dispute
Resolution and Special Education, offers a web site that has a wealth
of information on issues related to resolving disagreements between
family members and educators/service providers related to special
education. Click the logo on the left to
visit their website.
Special Education Muckraker - The Special Education Muckrakers
are people who care passionately about what happens to disabled kids
in the public schools. We are researchers and scholars; lawyers;
advocates; parents; related service providers; special educators and
administrators. We believe that all publicly-funded special
education programs, placements and services should be required to be
effective and efficient and humane. We know that many, at this time,
are "none of the above."
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