ADHD student flunking classes; parent takes action

Parent asked public school for months to test the student for an IEP.  Student receiving flunking grades since homework not turned in. Student eventually admits to a teacher that it’s his own fault for not getting homework turned in, so the school believes testing for the IEP not needed.  Outside evaluations indicated ADHD. NICHCYphotomagnifyglass3-198x300

Congress knew that there would be issues between parents and public schools, so Congress put into place several mechanisms for us to pursue.  Often we (parents) don’t know how or where to start to use them!

Some students get so frustrated that they choose to drop out of school.  Parents can take a role in ensuring the student’ program is appropriate at the school to prevent the dropout scenario.  If parents don’t do so, the consequences for the student can follow the student for life.

Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ help parents solve schooling problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action. Action can involve systems outside of the school district.   It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  Our advocate is available to go with parents to  school meetings after consultations.steeringwheeldashboardwoman2pics

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.

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Special Education Law Anniversary

Today in 1975 the Individual with Disabilities Education Act was signed into law.  Parents worked to get it passed through Congress.  It is a funding law; that is, monies go to states to provide services to eligible school children.  However, federal dollars currently do not cover the entire costs of educating our children with special needs.  State and local monies usually provide the bulk of the costs of educating our children.

This law opened doors of public schools to our children who previously sat at home without schooling.  Looking upward at the dome within the US Congress rotunda.

Although the front doors are open in Kindergarten, the back door is also open for some students. Schools sometimes don’t know how to educate our kids who have behavior challenges as part of the disability.  Students are suspended and parents are not told of options, or parents feel pressured to withdraw the student or homeschool.  Many students are “drop-outs”.  Administrators act as though they are shocked when accused of these “forced dropout” scenarios.

Congress was wise to include in the IDEA avenues for parents and schools to resolve conflict; especially mediation.  Mediation can be held within a month and often resolves disagreements so that the child can get appropriate services.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.  Visit our website at   theiepcenter.com

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We have special knowledge about the children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates. the-iep-center

We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  We are not licensed to practice law.  Consult an attorney.  Legal info can be found at wrightslaw.com

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