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Child advocate for student rights in IEP meetings in Missouri

The special ed law (IDEA) regulations allows for a parent to take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite.NICHCYcongress2

Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies.  Taking someone is better than taking no one.

However, who you take with you makes a difference.  In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies experienced the status quo from school district personnel.  After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may know how to bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.the-iep-center

Our advocates are familiar with the tactics school districts use to keep parents at bay which  results in the child receiving a minimal “schooling” of our child.  Over the years many parents expressed to our advocates the parent was treated with respect and much differently than before.

The IEP Center advocates are aware of strategies parents can trigger to work the system and not be bamboozled.

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center in Blue Springs, Liberty, Park Hill and Raymore Peculiar and Boonville.

To have an advocate contact you complete this form:

Sign up for The IEP Center Advocator ezine:  bit.ly/IEPezine

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not give advice; we give information about the problems of children with special needs. We do not represent anyone. Consult an attorney.

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Parent suspicious of IEP student bruises, scrapes

Student who regularly exhibits inappropriate behaviors at the public school comes home unusual scrapes on his body. Parent is suspicious.  What to do? the-iep-center

In my experience, contacting the school personnel would be at the bottom of the list.  First, take pictures. Second, go to a medical professional and have them take pictures.  The medical professional may make a report to the state’s children’s agency.  Parent’s can also make reports to the state children’s protective agency.  If warranted, contact law enforcement.  Sometimes local police departments don’t view the situation seriously so consider county law enforcement.

Not sure?  Missouri’s School Violence Hotline (1-866-748-7047)can document your call but that’s usually the extent of their effectiveness; at least the parent made a report.

Taking steps to prevent future harm to your child is key.  Many times schools have not implemented professionally-developed behavior plans for our kids who have significant behaviors. NICHCYphotoWorried

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center. We go with parents to IEP meetings.

To have an advocate contact you complete this form:

Sign up for The IEP Center Advocator ezine:  bit.ly/IEPezine

Visit the IEP Center website  (opens new page)

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not give advice; we give information about the problems of children with special needs. We do not represent anyone. Consult an attorney.

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This is not a free service.

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Homebound placement not working for IEP student

A school district took months to arrange for “homebound”rsz_wheretonow-201x300 schooling to start.  The district’s given reason to the parent was they couldn’t get an existing staffer to perform the homebound teaching.  Parents was at wit’s end and the situation took it’s toll on the family both financially and emotionally.  Parent waited patiently for the homebound to start happening and before parent realized, months had passed.  Are our kids’ with special needs not a priority?  Perhaps the school could have offered an alternative service in the interim?  Maybe a tutor?  Would you consider this a “forced dropout” situation?

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center. We go with parents to IEP meetings.the-iep-center

To have an advocate contact you complete this form:

Sign up for The IEP Center Advocator ezine:  bit.ly/IEPezine

Visit the IEP Center website  (opens new page)

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not give advice; we give information about the problems of children with special needs. We do not represent anyone. Consult an attorney.

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Senior Year IEP meeting in Missouri

the-iep-centerIEP students in Missouri can continue to receive services from the school district up through age 21 if the student has not “graduated”; the parent or 18year-old-student must make it known well before graduation that this is their intent.  These services do not necessarily have to be in the traditional classroom setting at the local high school building. Some students use neighboring school districts’ programs or community programs.

Here’s a link to explore ideas to prepare for life after high school known as “transition:   (link opens new page)

http://www.pacer.org/tatra/resources/ada.asp

When a student turns 18, he makes educational decisions irsz_teen-readingn IEP meetings unless a court has appointed a guardian for him  for educational decision-making.  An 18-year-old student can inform the IEP team of his decision to not officially graduate so he can continue to receive services from the school.  He can indicate he wants to participate in graduation ceremonies but not yet “officially” graduate.

This can be complex.  Need more info?  Contact the iep center below:

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