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Five Things To Consider When Seeking an Independent Evaluation (IEE)

  An independent educational evaluation (IEE) may be requested by parents when they do not agree with a district's results or it is not seen as comprehensive enough. As a parent, you have the right to request an IEE at the district’s…
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Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Disabilities: Is there a way to help our children?

      Marcus, a hard-working father of four children, describes the determination of his nine-year-old son building a full-size Batmobile by dumping out all of the Legos he had accumulated over the years and designing…
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10 Steps to Make the Most of Your IEP Meeting

    The IEP meeting is a crucial opportunity for you as a parent or caregiver to understand what the school district is providing for your child. Being prepared and ready to go means you will be at your peak performance. We…
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All Students, Yes All, Want To Do Well

    The other day I read an interesting article “What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?” and it really spoke to me.   As a classroom teacher and father to a 17-year-old boy with special needs and…
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What Is an IEP?

Overview An IEP, is an individualized education plan. It is regularly found in public school systems as well as some private schools. The IEP  is a written document and serves an education plan for students with exceptional (special) needs…
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What Does a Special Education Advocate Do?

Overview A special education advocate is an individual who works on your behalf to help you secure services for your child. Some advocates work for free, while others charge a fee for services. They have varying degrees of experience and many…

Should There Be Cameras in Special Education Classrooms?

While classrooms across the nation are supposed to be safe places of learning for all children, the reality is that this expectation doesn’t always mirror reality. But when the students on the receiving end of unfair or even inhumane treatment…

What Is the Best Legal Plan for my Special Needs Child?

When your child approaches adulthood and is set to go out into the world on his or her own, parents understandably worry about their wellbeing.  Did they do a good job preparing them?  Does their child have the necessary skills to support…

How Parents Can Help Their Special Needs Child Study

Parents always want their children to be able to achieve success in their academics. Parents of children with special needs might find that traditional ways of studying or learning might not be the best approach for their children. Sometimes…