Understanding Who Is and Who Is Not Eligible for Special Education

Eligibility is a very confusing concept for most parents trying to negotiate their ways through the bureaucracy of special education.┬áIt’s…

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Understanding Assessment Data

The whole point of special education assessment is to identify what is preventing a child from accessing his/her educational opportunities…

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Understanding the Initial Assessment Process

The way special education law generally works is that the implementing regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (“IDEA”) set…

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Understanding Child Find & When SSTs are Not Appropriate

Update: On January 4, 2013, a due process decision was issued in California that addresses “child find” and the use…

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The Ethics of Making the Record

Today’s posting includes a podcast for education professionals, which we’ve broken into two separate downloads due to the overall file…

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Making the Record with Proof of Delivery

We’ve prepared a 12 minute podcast for you for today’s posting. Because of the file size, we broke down the…

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The Big Picture – Special Ed Issues Impact Everyone

In June of 2006, I read an article in Commentary that scared the bejeezus out of me. The article was…

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Emotions Part 6 – Parents’ Employers & Co-Workers

I think it’s really, really important to look at the impact that special education non-compliance has on parents’ employers and…

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Emotions Part 5 – Extended Family

The immediate family (parents and siblings) of a child with disabilities are generally the people we think are the most…

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Emotions Part 4 – Students

In the last three posts, I discussed the emotions of the adults involved in the IEP process, not because the…

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