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What is a Special Education Advocate?

January 25, 2014 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Special Education Advocates or IEP Advocates help parents write appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and attain special education services for their child with a disability from their public school system.  They do so by familiarizing themselves with the special education process.  Please be aware, advocates are not attorneys.  However, advocates are extremely helpful in IEP meetings to assist in the negotiation process between parents and their school.  The Advocate can provide information about special education options and requirements and can help seek specific services or programs.  The advocate knows local schools resources and can see solutions others might not.  A Special Education Advocate is: Read the rest of this entry →

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IEP Meeting Minutes

March 14, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

What are the IEP Meeting Minutes? 


The IEP meeting minutes are the written notes summarizing the decisions and decision-making process of the IEP team and IEP team meeting. It is important to note that IDEIA 2004 does not reference meeting minutes, meeting notes, deliberation notes, or deliberations summaries (from here on called Meeting Minutes). Thus, rules and regulations about meeting minutes do not exist.

However, if the IEP team writes notes summarizing the meeting or decisions made within the meeting, the notes become an official part of your child’s record. Rules regarding confidential records would apply. Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Special Education Pet Peeves

February 27, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Today’s blog post is meant to be cathartic for me personally. Since I spend my days entrenched in Special Education, I have become particularly sensitive to the following pet peeves. Wikipedia defines a pet peeve as, “a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.” While some of the list below consists of minor annoyances, others make me down right angry.

1. Schools don’t diagnose they determine eligibility;

A day doesn’t go by without a phone call from a parent who tells me their child was diagnosed with Autism by the School District. School District’s DO NOT diagnose rather they have determined your child is eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the eligibility category of Autism. The only person that can diagnose your child with Autism is a medical specialist. If you have been told by the School District that your child is eligible for an IEP under the category of Autism, I highly recommend you get an assessment performed by a trained medical professional. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Cost of Respect in an IEP

May 16, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Cue the music…..What you want.  Baby, I got.  What you need.  Do you know I got it?  All I'm askin'.  Is for a little respect.  At the IEP.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T  Find out what it means to me. Read the rest of this entry →

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IEP Parental Concerns

May 13, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Parental participation is crucial in an IEP.  The following is a brief description of what that means with regards to your child’s IEP.  For the purposes of this blog, I will be focusing on the third bullet point.  Read the rest of this entry →

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