I helped a parent once who learned there was no “program” for her son; she went on to work the “system” and ultimately they developed an early childhood program for the first time for the children in that district!
Public schools sometimes aren’t eager to serve our kids with special needs. Sometimes parents are misled to think they have to follow the school’s decision when the school’s actions are not consistent with state regulations. For example, a student was being sent home regularly on a school bus after third hour each day since “there’s no afternoon program this year“. Some parents have been told the district doesn’t have a program for the child, then suggest “homeschooling” is an option. Many states consider “homeschool” as private school, thus the child loses his/her position in the public school system.
This can be considered by some as a “forced dropout“. This is discrimination in my opinion. Congress has avenues in place for us (or anyone in the “public”) when discrimination happens. We parents have more leverage with the school than we often realize. Our mediation specialist can share how quickly issues can be resolved once mediation is requested; mediation is one of the most effective dispute resolution processes!
Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. 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 the problem.
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