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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Age of Majority and IEPS – What You Need to Know

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in IEP, Transition | No Comments
The Age of Majority and IEPS – What You Need to Know

What happens when a student with an IEP is no longer a minor and disagrees with their parents about their educational needs?  The answer is that it depends on whether the student and his or her parents have prepared for this milestone.  In Massachusetts, the age of majority is 18 years of age.  This means […]

What’s the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in 504 Plan, Civil Rights, IEP | No Comments
What’s the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

It is not unusual for a school district to suggest that a student’s special education needs can be fully accommodated with a 504 plan instead of an IEP.  But before you agree to try a 504 plan for your child instead of an IEP, consider the following: Section 504 and the IDEA Serve Different Purposes […]