He works with other MAC attorneys on systemic special education issues, consults to attorneys representing low-income parents and students in special education disputes, and writes occasional postings for the MAC blog. This is the first of what I hope to be a more or less monthly posting on special education law and practice.
Special Education Case Study Analysis Janelle, a sixth grade student, is having learning difficulties in school. This has been an ongoing issue with Janelle however her parents did not agree to services offered in the past.
Mother sought assistance and guidance from a developmental pediatrician to determine whether she needed to pursue the referral, evaluation and eligibility process for an Individualized Education Program IEP. Parents and children ages two through twenty-one are also assured to obtain a free appropriate public education FAPE in which they will receive life skills, obtain an education suitable to their needs, and to prepare for employment as stated in the IDEA Code of Federal Regulations IDEA Regulations, 34 C.
The first four steps will be discussed with respect to Janelle throughout this paper. Overview of Policies, Procedures, and Programs Policies and Procedures Janelle had been receiving services in the elementary school setting as per a plan implemented in the third grade however the transition to middle school and her doctor has suggested further accommodations may be necessary.
The brochure is a description and explanation of all actions proposed and sources that will aid their understanding. The assessments must comply with all evaluation procedures.
Further remediation or intervention strategies may be suggested by the team and implemented; the team reconvening at a later date to discuss the outcomes. Any existing data reviewed in the evaluation process does not need parental consent.
If both are completed then Janelle may be eligible for counseling services. Programs Various programs are offered for assistance to students like Janelle and her mother. Concerns that may be addressed by SAT include work habits and behavior concerns. The SAT chair at each of the schools may be the principal, the guidance counselor, or a teacher.
Parents need to inquire in the school office to make contact with the chair in order to begin the process of determining the actions SAT will implement and monitor.
Many schools offer assistance such as after school tutoring or a special block of time directed study built into the schedule where students are flexibly grouped so that they might receive assistance in weak areas. Parents or teachers may contact the central office for information, talk with a special education instructor or to Special Services.
Phone numbers and many locations are given in the Spotsylvania County Schools Special Education Handbook or on the website http: More specifically services for Janelle may include team taught classes as well as basic skills which may be a self contained class.
Occupational therapy may still be useful due to her writing skills as well as remedial reading assistance. If Janelle has a Behavioral Intervention Plan she may receive counseling services. Her mother may also benefit from receiving or attending parent counseling and training sessions.
All together there are many programs that Janelle and her mother may take utilize that are available in the county to all parents and within special services. Legal Obligations to Identify and Educate Students with Disabilities The school district is obligated to identify and conduct a full and individual evaluation of Janelle as per Child Find Regulations.
These initial evaluations do not require parental consent. Mediation begins at the school level then proceeds to the central office, then on to the Virginia Department of Education. Kern Alexander and M. Alexander discussed the cases and laws that led to IDEA Commonwealth ;laid the foundation for future laws.
Since then IDEA has been revised in once more in The list outlines the top ten Special Education Supreme Court Cases and a short description of each ruling.
To read the entire opinion click on the name of each case . Ten Supreme Court Special Education Cases You Need to Know. Bill's Blog: Ten Supreme Court Special Education Cases You Need to Know by Bill Crane, Esq.
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