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Tips for Parents: Dealing with College Admissions Tests

March 25, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Martin, a high school freshman with ADD, says, “The testing never ends, school tests, PSAT, ACT and Advanced Placement Tests. Even when you go to college or law school, there are tests and licensing exams. You just can’t escape.”

The pressure to perform on high-stakes tests such as the ACT or SAT is at an all time high. Although there are some students who can handle the pressures, many students, especially those with disabilities, don’t fare as well. The challenges are formidable. There are several reasons for this. College admissions tests: Read the rest of this entry →

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College-Bound: What Every Student with Learning Differences Needs to Know

January 1, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

During this time of year, high school juniors and seniors are hard at work preparing for college entrance exams, writing the perfect admissions essay, touring colleges, and eagerly awaiting decision letters from their institutions of choice. While this can be an exciting, yet stressful time for all students, students with learning differences have another level of factors that they need to take into consideration when choosing the right college. It is important for these students to not only consider the skills necessary to set themselves up for success, but to also be aware of the supports available to them at the colleges where they are considering attending. Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Common Questions About Special Education

December 12, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

1.  What is the special education law that can help my child with a disability?

The foundation of today’s special education law was passed in 1975 and enacted in 1977.  This was Public Law 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.  In 1990 EHA was renamed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA.  IDEA was most recently reauthorized in 2004.  The Purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education or FAPE that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.

It’s important to note that the law only guarantees an appropriate education and not the best education.  Best is a four letter word and Parents should learn to replace it with the word appropriate when discussing their child’s special education needs Read the rest of this entry →

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Proposed DSM-5 Changes & Autism: Future Implications

January 23, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Much is being written about the new definition of autism spectrum disorders for the DSM5, most of it not positive. I have to admit, I am one of those persons who is not only very skeptical, but also very disheartened by the new criteria. (Read Here and Here) While Special Education Advisor has several other articles outlining their thoughts concerning the DSM5 and receiving services under the IDEA, (here and here) I have several caveats. Read the rest of this entry →

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Today’s College Doesn’t Fit All of Today’s Students

October 10, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

In the world of education, there is always talk about preparing students for college. There is also healthy debate about whether or not college is for everyone. These conversations, though, focus on the students who are in general education or have mild or moderate disabilities. In these discussions, never have I heard mention of a person with significant disabilities attending college. Read the rest of this entry →

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities on College Board Tests

September 27, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The new school year is in full swing which means that high school students will be preparing for various College Board tests. With regard to students with disabilities, it’s important for parents to be knowledgeable about the process in which your son or daughter must follow in order to apply for accommodations on the College Board Tests. According to www.collegeboard.com, in order for a student to receive accommodations on tests, they must be approved by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities in advance. If accommodations are used without prior approval the tests scores will not be valid. Another important fact is that even if a student has been receiving accommodations through an IEP or 504 plan, they do not automatically qualify for assistance on their College Board Tests. The College Board has laid out specific instructions for students regarding eligibility, application and documentation requirements. Read the rest of this entry →

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Into the Deep End: A Parents’ Guide to Diving into Transition

June 5, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

A son or daughter’s move from school into adulthood is one of the biggest and potentially most difficult life changes, and this is particularly true for students with special needs. As the transition approaches, students and their parents may find themselves anxious and concerned by the change and uncertainty on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry →

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The IEP Label: Just Get Your Child Some Help

February 14, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

We are a society of labels and the school system is no different. Parents love to hear when their child is labeled “Gifted” and cringe if their child is labeled “Special Needs.”  I’m writing this to help parents overcome their disdain for the “Special Needs” label.  If you have been told by your school that your child should be tested for Special Education services, then your child is most likely Not Able to access the curriculum in school successfully.  If that is the case, then you as the parent have a responsibility to find what is going on with your child; even if that means he/she could be given the label of “Special Needs.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Guest Articles from 2010

December 26, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

10.  Transitioning your Special Needs Child to Life after High School by Kelly McGuire

Your 15 year old child with a disability has just announced to you that he or she would like to go to college. You’ve heard that young adults with disabilities are attending college more than ever, but before you run head long into the ivory tower, there are some things you need to do. Read the rest of this entry →

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Transitioning your Special Needs Child to Life after High School

October 19, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Your 15 year old child with a disability has just announced to you that he or she would like to go to college. You’ve heard that young adults with disabilities are attending college more than ever, but before you run head long into the ivory tower, there are some things you need to do. Read the rest of this entry →

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