Legal

Who Are Student Rights Advocates?

Student Rights Advocates (SRA) works to protect student rights and ensure excellence in public education, particularly for those children who have special needs. Co-founder Debbie Papaj talks about her work and who might benefit from having an advocate on their side.

SN: Debbie, can you explain a bit about the work that you do? Who comes to you for help?

Merrill Lynch Debuts Special Needs Calculator

Merrill Lynch has developed a financial calculator exclusively designed for families of children with special needs. This tool helps families structure their finances by factoring the costs of assistive equipment for homes, such as wheelchair ramps, roll-in showers, and adapted vehicles for transport. The calculator also considers a child’s ongoing needs, including replacement costs for equipment, physical therapy and even travel expenses for medical care.

Susie Bean Helps Families with Special Needs

Dr. R. Layla Salek knows firsthand the financial strain that families experience when struggling to help a loved one with mental illness or autism. As the daughter of a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Dr. Salek ‘s passion for working with children with mental illness started very young. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorders since 2001.

Special Education Advocates

When a parent of a special needs child becomes increasingly frustrated, experiencing roadblocks in their efforts to intercede with their child’s school to access educational supports and services for their child, a consultation with a Special Education Advocate should be considered.

The Importance of Independent Educational Evaluations

Evaluations, also called assessments in some states, provide valuable information regarding the nature and extent of your child’s disability as well as the impact the condition may have on his or her education. Strengths and weaknesses identified through this process form the basis for your child’s present levels of performance, or your child’s baseline of functioning in the area of evaluation.

The Role of the Independent Educational Evalua- tion (IEE)

The IEP Process: What You Need to Know

Beginning at age 3 and throughout your child’s education, if you suspect that your child has special needs, he/she may be eligible for support from the local school district. To determine such, assessments must be conducted, which can be requested by the parent. Once assessed, an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting will be held to discuss potential eligibility and appropriate placement/supports.

Three Steps To Better IEP Goals

Clear and measurable goals are the key to a successful IEP. Here are three steps to assure better goals in your child’s IEP.

Understand Your Child’s Current Functioning

IEP or 504 Plan: Which is Right For Your Child?

When a student qualifies for special education, the school district is required to develop an individual education program or “IEP” for the student. The IEP must include the basis for special education eligibility, measurable goals and objectives, the services, accommodations, and/or modifications required to accomplish the goals, and the type of placement, such as regular education, resource, special day class, etc.

The Individual Education Plan

Federal and state law mandate a free appropriate public education tailored to the unique needs of the student. Many parents have come to know this free appropriate public education as the painfully traumatic Individual Educational Plan, or IEP. The IEP is the agreement between student and school to help the child get the education to which they are entitled to under the law. All to often the IEP process becomes a nightmare, because the parents do not understand the process and their rights.

The Individual Education Plan

Federal and state law mandate a free appropriate public education tailored to the unique needs of the student. Many parents have come to know this free appropriate public education as the painfully traumatic Individual Educational Plan, or IEP. The IEP is the agreement between student and school to help the child get the education to which they are entitled to under the law. All to often the IEP process becomes a nightmare, because the parents do not understand the process and their rights.