20 07, 2017

Comments that Parents Hear: “We place all children with Autism here.”

2018-07-23T14:02:19-05:00

The IDEA regulations put an emphasis on students being served at their home campus. Courts, hearing officers, and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have allowed schools to place some groups of students with disabilities on one or more campuses with non-disabled students rather than on every campus. However, the law and regulations put a priority on the concept of students being educated with their peers and in the general education classroom to the extent possible. There also must be a “continuum of alternative placements” within the school.  Also a child with a disability is not to be “removed from education [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “We place all children with Autism here.”2018-07-23T14:02:19-05:00
6 07, 2017

Working with the ARD Committee on LRE

2017-07-13T11:01:38-05:00

Your child’s IEP must be built upon the PLAAFP.  The PLAAFP should identify the needs of your child.  IDEA regulations say – “(6) In evaluating each child with a disability under Sec. Sec. 300.304 through 300.306, the evaluation is sufficiently comprehensive to identify all of the child’s special education and related services needs, whether or not commonly linked to the disability category in which the child has been classified. (7) Assessment tools and strategies that provide relevant information that directly assists persons in determining the educational needs of the child are provided.”  300.304(6)&(7)  A weak PLAAFP leads to a weak or [...]

Working with the ARD Committee on LRE2017-07-13T11:01:38-05:00
30 06, 2017

PPCD Preschool Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

2018-07-23T14:04:10-05:00

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for all children, including preschool children with disabilities. Because providing preschool classes is not a requirement for local education agencies, finding natural environments for preschool-aged children with disabilities to receive special education services can be a challenge for school districts. […]

PPCD Preschool Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)2018-07-23T14:04:10-05:00
24 03, 2017

Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. Focuses on Mainstreaming, Progress, and Designing IEPs to Meet Child’s ‘Unique Needs’

2017-06-30T15:31:42-05:00

[rescue_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"]Article by Wrightslaw[/rescue_box] What a great day! On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another unanimous ruling in favor of children with special needs and their parents. The Court emphasized that full inclusion is the primary standard, with the "child progressing smoothly through the regular curriculum." The Court held that "merely more than de minimis" progress is not enough. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, "...IDEA demands more. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances." If a child is not fully included, school officials [...]

Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. Focuses on Mainstreaming, Progress, and Designing IEPs to Meet Child’s ‘Unique Needs’2017-06-30T15:31:42-05:00

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