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 […]

Who Should Be Part of Your Child’s IEP Team?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in IEP Team | No Comments
Who Should Be Part of Your Child’s IEP Team?

Have you ever wondered who is supposed to be on your child’s IEP Team?  According to federal regulations, school districts are required to ensure that every student’s IEP Team includes: (1)  The parents of the child; (2) Not less than one regular education teacher of the child (if the child is, or may be, participating […]

Special IEP Considerations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in IEP | No Comments
Special IEP Considerations for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In 2006, the Massachusetts legislature amended state law to require IEP Teams of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to consider and “specifically address” the following eight areas of development: the verbal and nonverbal communication needs of the child; the need to develop social interaction skills and proficiencies; the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and […]