The Wrights Law Special Ed Advocate June 11, 2013
Click here for the Link to this issue: Meeting Your Child's Unique Needs - It's the Law
Ever heard these statements from the school?
*We don't have to do it.
*We don't have money in the budget.
*We can't make exceptions.
*We have never done that before.
The purpose of IDEA is meet the unique needs of your child - not the class, not the teacher, not the school, not the district budget.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate learn about the school's responsibility to provide your child with an education tailored to his unique needs and to prepare your child for further education, employment and independent living. Find the legal authority in IDEA.
How to include academics in summer routines
Summer learning loss can take a toll on students, suggests author Barbara Dianis. In this blog post, she writes about seven ideas to help prevent such losses, including setting aside specific time for learning during the summer and learning affixes to improve reading and writing skills. Among other things, she suggests daily math challenges to improve skills as well as working on creative writing. Click here to read more.
The Wrights Law Special Ed Advocate June 4, 2013
Click here for link to this issue: What You Need to Know Before Filing a Complaint!
Your state Department of Education must develop a system to provide information about state complaint procedures and how to resolve parent-school complaints.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for resolving complaints of discrimination.
*Take care when you use your state complaint system or OCR.
*Use complaints only if you can prove that the school is breaking the law.
*Never base a complaint on what someone tells you.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find advice about filing complaints, warnings to heed, and questions to ask before you decide whether to proceed with a complaint.
UCLA Awarded $10Million Grant To Study Autism In African Americans
(Information Provided by Autism Society of America)
The National Institutes of Health awarded UCLA a grant to study the genetic causes of autism in African-American children. Areva Martin of the Special Needs Network says "there's a void" of qualified health care officials to make the diagnosis in communities like South LA. The study hopes to change that, and aims to recruit at least 600 African-American families who have a child diagnosed with autism. Click here to read more.
35% of young children with ASD retain diagnosis under DSM-5
Data on 237 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by age 3 based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV revealed that just 35% of them retained the diagnosis under the DSM-5 criteria. These children had a substantially higher Childhood Autism Rating Scale scores and lower cognition, researchers reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. Click here to read more.