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Accommodations and Modifications in an IEP

August 20, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Accommodations – Accommodations do not reduce grade level standards but rather help provide access to the curriculum.  Accommodations can include visual presentation, auditory presentation, multi-sensory presentation, response, setting, organization, timing and scheduling.

When choosing accommodations make decisions:

  • Based on individualized needs;
  • That reduce the effect of the disability to access the curriculum;
  • That are specific about the Where, When, Who and How the accommodations will be provided;
  • With input from parents, teachers, student and therapists; and
  • Based on specific needs in each content area. Read the rest of this entry →
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Ten Related Services for an IEP you may not know about

August 19, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

In General the term Related Service means services designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as described in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.  The Related Services most people are familiar with are Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Transportation.

The following list describes ten Related Services you may not know about:  Read the rest of this entry →

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A Tale of Two IEE’s

August 4, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

How does a parent, who doesn’t have a degree in their child’s suspected disability, fight for the proper amount of services when the school specialist is recommending something less than the parent thinks is necessary.

The parent could always get a private assessment done and submit the results to the IEP team, but not all parents have the means to pay for a private assessment.  This is why IDEA allows parents to ask for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense.  The only way a School District can stop from paying for an IEE is to file for due process and convince a hearing officer that their original assessments were proper.  IDEA is very clear in what a School District must do if they turn down a request for an IEE but it’s what happens when the School District says yes that can sometimes bother me the most. Read the rest of this entry →

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