July 2019 Archives

IEEs vs. Private Assessments

Your child has an IEP. The school district just conducted her triennial psychoeducational evaluation. You disagree with the report and believe that the assessor made mistakes in testing your daughter. As usual, the school district won't budge. Now what? 

Section 504 Plans Are Lousy For Bright Kids With Behavioral Issues

Your son has Autism. Or ADHD. Maybe both. His school district gives him a 504 Plan -- not an IEP -- because his grades are generally not terrible. Yet, his ongoing behavioral and social-emotional challenges cause him to be suspended and disciplined nearly constantly. The District still will not provide him -- or even assess him for -- an IEP. What do you do?

Residential Treatment

Your son has an IEP. He has severe behavioral challenges and physically aggresses towards peers and school staff, including bringing weapons to school. He is consistently unable to meet his IEP goals. Nothing is working and you fear for his safety. When should you consider residential placement?

Records Challenges

Your son is a special-education student. The school district just issued a Prior Written Notice containing verifiably untrue statements and personal attacks on you and your advocate. What do you do?

Your Regional Center just discontinued -- or reduced -- services in your Individual Program Plan (IPP). You disagree. Now what?

The Notice of Proposed Action (NOPA) describing the change in services will provide you information on how to appeal. If your appeal is postmarked or received by the Regional Center within 10 days of the NOPA, you are entitled to "aid paid pending," meaning that the Regional Center must continue to fund or provide the disputed service(s) while the appeal is pending. (Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 4715(a).) 

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