If you are in a California school, you have the right to record your IEP team meeting with 24 hour notification to the school district. Many parents/guardians are unaware of this right, but it’s an important right to exercise. Why is this important? For a few reasons.
Since March, 2020 how many times in your child’s IEP have you heard “We’re sorry, but due to COVID-19 and the shut down we just can’t…[insert the important service or support in your child’s IEP]?”
We’re guessing you have heard this over and over and you’ve felt really frustrated, but you got through it thinking this would be for only a month or two.
Fast forward a couple of months and now you are faced with Back To School and being told this same thing, in the meantime your child is regressing.
Ready to scream yet?
Your advocate should help you feel supported and empowered and heard. As advocates, our goal is to elevate the voices of families. Your voice and the voice of your student matters.
Have you ever been told your child doesn’t qualify for Extended School Year (ESY), or that the team has decided something, yet you disagree, or that there isn’t enough money for a service for your child, or even, we don’t have staff for that? Many parents face comments like these as if they are hard no’s and carry on without knowing that not only is this not a hard no, but that children are protected against statements like these and they are all addressed in the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA).
Accommodations and modifications are listed on the Offer of FAPE page of your child’s IEP in two separate sections. Here is the difference between them and why each is an important piece of your child’s IEP.
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