How to Respond to an IEP – Top 5 Tips for Parents

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in IEP | No Comments
How to Respond to an IEP – Top 5 Tips for Parents

As many parents of children with special needs know all too well, figuring out how to respond to a proposed Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be a challenge.  Here are some tips for parents who may be wondering whether or not they should accept or reject a proposed IEP: 1.   Take Your Time.  The law […]

Open Enrollment for the Children’s Autism Waiver Program

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Autism | No Comments
Open Enrollment for the Children’s Autism Waiver Program

  AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE AUTISM DIVISION (DDS) TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AGES 0-9 Open Enrollment for the Children’s Autism Waiver Program October 7, 2013 – October 18, 2013 WHAT IS THE WAIVER PROGRAM? The Autism Waiver program offers up to  $25,000 per year of intensive ASD support services for three years […]

Working Around School District “Policies” That Disrupt the IEP Process

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in IEP | One Comment
Working Around School District “Policies” That Disrupt the IEP Process

I frequently hear from parents who are unsure whether their child’s school district can legally have a “policy” against providing certain kinds of services, supports, or accommodations to kids with special needs.  Usually this question arises after a parent has attended a Team meeting and requested that their child receive a specific type of support […]

DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Civil Rights | No Comments
DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

All school districts in Massachusetts are required to make certain meals available to students, and may be required to offer those meals for free or at a reduced price for students who qualify.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently considered whether public schools are required to provide meals to students with special needs […]

What is an Independent Educational Evaluation – and Who Pays For It?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in BSEA Decisions, Evaluations, IEP | No Comments
What is an Independent Educational Evaluation – and Who Pays For It?

One of the most important tools that a parent can use when advocating for their child during the IEP process is an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE).  An IEE is an evaluation that is conducted by a professional who is independent (i.e., someone not employed by the school district). There are many reasons why parent may […]