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Things You Should Know and Do Before Your Student's IEP Meeting

I first published this back in 2013 (under a different title), but I think it’s worth a re-run (with some updates). While the advice here applies to any IEP, it’s probably most effective for IEP meetings that  3,576 more words


FAPEd Crusader

Sorry about before.  I think I needed to blow off some steam filled with sadness, anger, and frustration.  And while my initial instinct was to just try to take some time off from this nonsense, I can’t leave it alone.  438 more words


Providing an IEP May Not Suffice if a District Fails in Its Child Find Obligation

Suppose a child exhibits troubling behaviors and/or difficulties learning basic skills in kindergarten or another early grade. Suppose further that, despite the child’s problematic performance, no teacher or other public school employee recommends that the child be evaluated. 1,190 more words

News In Special Education

Pros and Cons of Extended School Year (Repost from KokuaNetwork.com)

Below is an article I wrote for kokuanetwork.com about the benefits versus the pitfalls of Extended School Year (ESY) services. The article is intended for parents considering such services for a child with special needs.  18 more words

Texts From School

It is day 6 of this new school year and every single day I have gotten distressing texts from my sophomore on the spectrum. I am sharing them here to illustrate how difficult school is for my kid and others with anxiety, nonverbal disability, depression, not enough support and how absolutely alone and disconnected they feel every single minute in school. 996 more words

My child has Dyslexia but what does that mean?

Dyslexia is so much more than letter reversals. And even letter reversals are typical in early childhood education. On a basic level, the school will tell you it’s a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence. 183 more words

Inclusion and General Education

Comrades! Parents!

Why do we allow the public School system to push our children with disabilities into state approved schools? Schools that provide no oppritunities to be in the least restrictive environment? 65 more words

NYC DOE Public School Parenting