Child advocate for student rights in IEP school meetings

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

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Parents may have more control

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 (systems) experienced the status quo from school district personnel. Parent’s don’t have to take a “fake” advocate.   After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may routinely bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.  School systems are very different from other public assistance/mental health systems.

The public education system in many states  is often filled with internal politics, hidden agendas, clicks and demagoguery.  Although Congress expects parents to pursue “individualizing” a program for our child, it may become one individual taking on an institution.  There are alternatives, allowed by Congress,  to multiple school meetings.

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.  Some of the most effective “buttons” a parent can “push” can occur outside or before an upcoming IEP meeting.

The IEP Center advocates are aware of strategies parents can trigger to work the system and not be bamboozled.  We are available to participate online or telephone with parents in  suspension hearings, manifestation-determination meetings and mediation*. 

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 our advocates.

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school suspension of special ed student in Missouri

More parents are contacting me for help about out-of-school suspensions for students with behaviors related to the graphicschoolcontentbubbleedgovdisability.  The most frequent disability mentioned is “autism spectrum”.

Many district believe, in error, that these students can be suspended up to ten days on a whim.  Although state regulations allow for such consideration, it is not necessarily compliant with the district’s duty to provide a free education, nor how people with disabilities are to be treated by public entities. Yes, school boards have been known to make policy that is not consistent and state and federal law.

A strong advocate can make a huge difference in the relationship a parent has with a public school district.  Many parents have told me that the school now respects them and no longer manipulates them.  There are several approaches parents can use to take control!

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.  Time is your enemy.

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Special Ed pitfalls the first weeks of school Missouri

Here’s some common instances that happen the first weeks of public school that work against our children with special needs: rsz_solarizedstudentagainstlockers-300x249

  1. All the teachers and staff who work with our child are unaware the child has an IEP or 504 plan.
  2. Student wasn’t offered to preview the facility or learn the layout of the building prior to the doors opening for the year.
  3. Staff doesn’t know how to work with behaviors related to our child’s disability.
  4. Bus drivers/helpers interpret behaviors as worthy of suspension from bus.
  5. School staff doesn’t report to parent the four items (above).

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Advocates at the IEP Center™ help parents with these civil rights’ concerns in public schools.

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Missouri IEP meetings where parents hear double-talk

Parents now report school staff ask parents intimidating questions to redirect parents away from the topic of services that our children need. “Don’t you want your child to be independent?” is a common question parents are asked.

Within the last four years I have noticed the supports (paraprofessionals) that were a given for many students with inappropriate behaviors are no longer mentioned to parents. These districts are placing the overwhelming task on a classroom teacher of up to 30 students.  Unrealistic to all!rsz_asianteenmale-vert-199x300

Uninformed and inexperienced parents don’t realize their child is missing basic support services while at public school. This results in suspensions that are unnecessary and could usually be avoided.

Advocates at the IEP Center™ help parents with these civil rights’ concerns in public schools.

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent children or parents.  Contact an attorney.

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