5 Top Parental Special Education Advocacy Tips to Benefit Your Child!

My top 5 advocacy tips:

1. Trust your instincts. If you think, your child has disabilities in certain areas trust yourself. No one knows your child like you do, and you are the best judge of what will help your child learn. It is my experience that special education personnel may try and tell you that your instincts are wrong, but only accept this, if there is concrete evidence to back it up. You are the only advocate that your child has, and they are depending on you to advocate for needed related and special education services.

2. Important educational issues need to be handled by letters not telephone calls or e mails, so that you can begin developing a paper trail for documentation, you may need in the future, to help you in a dispute with special education personnel. As far as sending e-mails to special education personnel, I do not like to use e-mail, as e-mails are kept in an electronic record, and not in the child’s written educational record.

If you have a verbal conversation with school personnel and want to document the conversation, you can always write a short letter to the person that you had the conversations with. Try and keep the letter to one page, date it, and give a summary of the conversation. Also, keep a copy for yourself.

3. If special education personnel say something that does not sound right to you, ask them: “Please show me in writing where in Federal or State law it states you have the right to do what you want to do or not do what I asked you to do to benefit my child’s education.” In my opinion, this is one of the most important advocacy skills that parents need to learn, because of the amount of misinformation that is given to parents. If school personnel cannot show you in writing from Federal or State law where it states they have the right to do something or do not have to do something you asked them to do, you know that they are not being truthful.

Use the same procedure if school personnel state that they have to do something, or cannot do something because it is school policy-ask to see the policy in writing, and also ask for a transcript of the board meeting where the policy was passed.

4. If your school district evaluates your child for disabilities and states that your child does not have any disabilities (even though you believe they do), and is not eligible for special education services, you have the right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense (which means that the school district pays for it). You must disagree with the school’s evaluation, (could be over the actual testing, the areas tested, the interpretation of the testing, the findings and conclusion of the testing, etc) to be able to receive and obtain an IEE at public expense.

5. Educate yourself on all laws related to special education and disabilities and requirements so that when your school district tries to say things that are not truthful, you have the information to stand up to them, for the benefit of your child. Learn about State Complaints, Mediation and Due Process to help you resolve any disputes that you have with special education personnel.

By following my top five tips you will well be on your way to successfully advocating for needed services for your child!

School Management: Top Three Education Staff Services To Have

All businesses depend heavily on the expertise and work ethic of its staff so as to develop and succeed. Schools and any other academic organization, are not exempt with this trust. Hiring the ideal instructors, administrators, directors, as well as other necessary staff is simply part of achieving this trust. Other elements come up, each of which can be properly managed by an expert staff management firm that specialises in the education sector.

There are a number of various education personnel services that schools can utilize to their advantage. For small or start-up academic centres, it’s important to focus on the ones that make the most convenience and present the most ideal outcomes not having paying the prohibitive charges. Here are top three staff assistance to take into account.

Recruitment assistance or support. Employing new workers is a time consuming and costly process. This is particularly so for schools as academic institutions have to apply a stringent process. From strict compliance to comprehensive requirements to thorough interviews, the recruitment procedure of every school needs to check applicants for suitability. Furthermore, the school has to make certain that they are satisfying the state’s standards. An education personnel firm can do systematic and meticulous application screenings, they can arrange employment contracts, and they can run Court Records Bureau checks. All of which should unburden schools with the job of recruitment and provide them with the suitable employees.

Professional education HR services. When the new head teachers, curriculum directors, or administrators are already employed, academic institutions will require assistance in either formulating their human resources guidelines or implementing those guidelines. The policies will deal with a number of HR issues. These problems may consist of early retirement, redundancies, employees audits, absence management, job evaluations, and compensation terms. An education management provider will be able to provide consultation services that make it simple for every school to manage its personnel, in every given circumstance. The service needs to be tailored in accordance with the requirements of the academic institution, from consultancy on all concerns of recruiting issues to assist on certain things like employees audits.

Training on academy economic management. An education management provider will have the staff and the knowledge to do on-site economic training for head teachers, school business managers, or principals on issues essential to running every school. These training options may consist of academy financial administration, finances creation, variance evaluation and report requirements, school financial consciousness for head teachers, governor financial committee training on a number of financial topics, and many other financial coaching options.

It’s difficult running a school. But with professional support in key areas, school management will be not as much complicated. With the help of education management professionals, regardless if they are delivering education finance services or personnel assistance, every educational institution can grow and prosper.

5 Things to Do If Special Education Personnel Refuse to Test Your Child For Eligibility

Do you have a child that you think might have dyslexia or another learning disability, and your school is refusing to test them for it? Are you concerned that your child may have autism or pervasive developmental disorder and your school district states that they will not test them? If your school district is refusing to conduct a comprehensive assessment on your child to determine special education eligibility, this article is for you. This article will discuss 5 things that you can do as a parent, if your school district is refusing to evaluate your child.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states under the Child Find section that: school districts are required to locate, identify and evaluate all children that may have a disability. Also someone transitioning from Early Intervention (birth-three years old), must be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for special education services. School districts are not allowed to depend on screening to determine eligibility for special education.

Here are 5 things you can do if your child is refused special education eligibility testing:

1. Gather your evidence together about their disability, and there need for special education services. Perhaps reports of your child’s disability, copies of state and district wide testing to show academic need, any documentation of emotional and behavioral difficulty, any evidence of social problems, and also any diagnosis that has been given by their Dr.

2. Take your child to get an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) with a qualified professional! You will have to pay for the evaluation, but you may be able to be reimbursed later. To find a good evaluator, ask other parents, or contact a local disability organization. Before you make the appointment make sure that the evaluator is not the present employee of any school district, is willing to do comprehensive evaluations in several areas, is willing to write a comprehensive report not only about testing but about what services your child needs. If the evaluator is a present employee of a school district, or waffles on specifically stating what services are needed, find a different evaluator! Getting copies of testing without specific recommendations is like paying for half an evaluation!

3. When the report is received (and your child has been found to have a disability and educational need) contact your school district in writing and send them a copy of the report. Ask that an eligibility conference be held again, since new information has now been received. School districts must consider any independent evaluations brought by parents.

4. Before the eligibility conference, try and find an experienced parent or an advocate to go with you to the meeting. The eligibility conference is the most important conference in special education. With the new information your child hopefully will be found eligible for special education (a child must have two things to be eligible for special education: a disability and educational needs). If the school district uses the information from the IEE ask for reimbursement.

5. If after all of this trying your child still is found not eligible, your only option may be to file for a due process hearing. This hearing is very formal and is heard in front of a hearing officer, not a judge. Try and find an experienced parent or advocate, to help you in this process.

Even if your child is found not eligible there are options available to you! Do not give up because your child is depending on you!