Understanding LRE

When you have a child with special needs, there’s a lot to consider when trying to meet their educational needs. Not only do you want them to learn and hit academic benchmarks, but you also want to nurture their social growth and help them feel included. In the past, students in special education programs often spent all or most of their time in a separate special education classroom, seeing their peers for only a Read More

A Brief Overview of FAPE

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every child that has a disability has the right to receive FAPE, or a “free and appropriate public education.” FAPE is your child’s right to get their unique educational needs met at school that’s appropriate to their developmental level in the least restrictive environment possible to their level. Dissecting FAPE “Free” means that there will be no Read More

Divorce and Special Needs: 4 Things to Consider

When parents have special needs children, it affects virtually every aspect of their life. That includes situations where a couple divorces. When the parents separate, they have a lot of things to consider regarding their child, especially as it relates to the divorce decree and related estate planning matters. Below are just a few things that you should keep in mind if you are a parent going through a divorce. Read More

Understanding Your IEP Team

Your child’s individualized education program (IEP) is created, reviewed, and revised by a team of experts. Each of these individuals has an important role to play in building your child’s IEP and adjusting it at IEP meetings. Below is an overview of the team members that are required to be involved in your child’s IEP based on federal law. The Child’s Parents—You The child’s parents have a legal right to be Read More

What to Do If Your Child’s IEP or 504 Accommodations Are Not Being Provided

Your child’s accommodations at school are essential. They were developed to be specifically tailored to your him so that he can learn effectively. Without those accommodations, your child may fall behind and may not be getting the education that he needs—and is entitled to receive. So, what can you do as a parent whose child may not be getting the education they need? Actually, a lot. Start by Talking to Your Read More

5 Questions to Ask at Your Student’s IEP Meeting

Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is critical. It gives parents, educators, and other support staff a chance to sit down and communicate about the school’s plan to accommodate your child’s unique learning needs. This meeting provides an opportunity to convey your questions and concerns about your child’s learning environment, school policies, and more. One of the best ways to ensure you Read More

Understanding IEP and 504 Eligibility in New Jersey

Although Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans offer many of the same types of services for children with learning and attention issues, they are different in a few important ways. In many situations, a student may qualify for a 504 plan, but not an IEP. An IEP is generally a bit more focused than a 504 plan, but both programs can be extremely beneficial for students. Eligibility Requirements for Read More

Your 5 Fundamental Rights as a Parent with a Child in IEP

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that sets out your child’s learning needs and how the school will provide for those needs. It also describes how your child’s progress will be measured. It is extremely important to your child’s educational development. As a parent, you have the right to be intimately involved in your child’s education, and that includes all aspects of your child’s IEP. Read More

Guardianships for People with Disabilities

In New Jersey, everyone who reaches the age of 18 (the legal age of majority), will be able to legally make their own decisions. Parents can no longer make decisions on behalf of their children who are 18 or older. This is true even when the child has disabilities that may make them unable to make sound decisions regarding their care or other important aspects of their life. To deal with this issue, parents may Read More

An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced and updated the No Child Left Behind Act in December 2015. It allowed state education programs more leeway in developing their curriculum and rolled back various items related to testing, teacher qualities, and requirements for lower performing schools. It also had an effect on students with special needs that parents should be familiar with. Significant Changes under Read More