We work with families to resolve disputes with the school district in a collaborative manner. Recognizing that the parent is the expert concerning their child's needs.
Review educational records, school Assessment Reports, IEPs, and BIPs . Reviewing records can be requested as a single service.
Based on classroom observations, reviewing the education files and current goals we will prepare SMART Goals based on your child's strengths and needs to be presented to your IEP team.
In order to best serve you and your child it is important to have a firsthand knowledge of your child's abilities, needs and classroom performance.
Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.
In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.
- Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
An IEP is unique to each individual child and his/her specific educational needs. It specifies the services to be provided, how often, who will administer the services and how the progress will be tracked.
An IEP must be reviewed annually but an IEP meeting can be called at anytime by the parent or another IEP Team member.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that each child who has a disability and needs special education and related services will receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Failure to provide FAPE can be an indication that the IEP does not address that individual needs of the student or is not being implemented properly.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is the requirement in federal law that
students with disabilities receive their education, to the maximum extent
appropriate, with non-disabled peers unless, even with supplemental aids and services, education in regular classes cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the supports they need. These plans prevent discrimination and protect the rights of kids with disabilities in school. They’re covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
IDEA 2004 stands for “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004”. This law was established to make sure children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education with the assistance of services that meet their individual needs.
If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an Independent Educational Evaluation, or an IEE (§300.502).
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson agreed. "California has an ambitious plan to give additional resources to students with the greatest needs as we prepare all students for college and 21st century careers," he said. "The ESSA plan approved today will support those efforts."
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has consistently directed educators to implement interventions grounded in research. Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), districts and schools were called to use “scientifically-based research” as the foundation for education programs and interventions. This has been replaced by “evidence-based interventions” under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
In a list provided Monday to The Washington Post, the department explained why it phased out each of the 72 policy documents, many of which clarified for students, parents and educators how the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act works. The department said it scrapped a 2006 document that explained the rights of children with disabilities in private schools because the document had been updated in 2011.
The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education.