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IEP Self-Advocacy

Attending an IEP meeting can seem like a daunting task, especially if you're feeling resistance or disagreeing with an aspect of the program or services. Self-advocacy is preparation, placing a focus ... Read more »

Organizing Education Records

Organizing educational records is an ongoing process that directly impacts on planning, ensuring an "appropriate" education, working with others, and your emotional wellbeing. This article is the fir ... Read more »

Discipline in special education and the manifestation determination.


When disabilities and behaviors are intertwined the disciplinary result can distract from the real educational needs. Distinguishing between the manifestation of a disability and general misbehavior can be difficult. Once a child is characterized as having a behavioral problem the disability seems to have a way of disappearing in the eyes of those working with the child. The law provides an extra layer of protection, called a manifestation determination, to children with disabilities to help ensure that the school is responding to behavioral problems and not the disability itself. If it is determined that the behaviors are a manifestation ... Read more »

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  • Key Concepts: Child find, referral for special education.

  • Key Concepts: Eligibility under the IDEA & Section 504.

  • Key Concepts: Free Appropriate Public Education ("FAPE").

  • Key Concepts: Least Restrictive Environment ("LRE").

  • Key Concepts: The role of assessments and their impact.

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