Special Education Services may be significantly impacted due to "distance learning". Prepare now for school re-opening!
When school buildings re-open for education, they will be overwhelmed with parent questions, concerns and loss of student progress. For students with an IEP or 504 Plan, schools may be "put off" those plans and meetings once schools return to some normalcy. The current projection is that IEP and 504 Plan meetings could be delayed for upwards of 45 school days. Attorneys and Advocates are working to stop this delay but with the unusual circumstances, it is hard to predict what the state and federal governments will do yet. But remember that 45 school days is essentially an entire grading period. Many of the students with IEPs will have minimal progress through the distance learning model since specialized instruction and related services such as speech/language, occupational therapy, and behavior plans are difficult to deliver virtually. And there will be large numbers of students that regress and those of of skills could be significant. Extended School Year will be virtually delivered this school year so the distance learning model will be in place until school buildings re-open in August (hopefully).
There are steps as a parent can take now to prepare for the re-opening of school:
All children are entitled to an education! When a child has a disability, there are additional steps that schools need to take to provide that child a free appropriate public education. I can help guide parents through the Special Education Process.
I am a mom of 3 boys and have been advocating for them and many friend's children for over 20 years. My middle son has an extensive IEP due to significant disabilities including Down syndrome, Autism, and Bipolar Tendencies to name a few. My oldest and youngest sons both had 504 Plans and I have experience dealing with RTI/MTSS and how to best address concerns that arise from a student who is continually receiving RTI without further evaluation into possible learning disorders.
I am a member of the Council of Parents, Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA) and more than half way through COPAA's intensive Special Education Advocacy Training course (SEAT 2.0). This course is a comprehensive year long training program that covers all aspects of Special Education and successful advocacy. In addition, I have attended the Wrightslaw BootCamp and a couple of local Central Florida Special Education Advocacy training programs.
I offer a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation to discuss your concerns and goals as they pertain to your child's education.
I am available to provide support and consultation at reasonable hourly rate. I will review records, draft correspondence with the school, meet to prepare for IEP meetings and any additional Special Education Support needed
I will attend IEP meetings for a reasonable flat fee with parents to help provide guidance, collaboration and support. I recommend never attending an IEP meeting alone because there is so much information and many schools want to get the IEP reviewed and signed as quickly as possible. As parents, we need to take time to understand the IEP, ask questions and make sure the school understands our concerns and goals.