RTI cannot be used to delay or deny evaluation

Read OSEP’s memo on RTI and evaluation. Writing to the state directors of special education, OSEP addresses how a RTI process (response to intervention) cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. (updated August 2012) http://www.rti4success.org/resourcetype/memo-response-intervention-rti-process-cannot-be-used-delay-deny-evaluation-eligibility … [Read more...]

Will Retention Help Your Child?

Retention, in this case, refers to when a student has to repeat a grade. For students with disabilities and their parents, this may or may not be the most effective approach to the student's lack of progress. Read what Wrightslaw has to say on the subject.http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/11/nl.0118.htm … [Read more...]

Fact sheets for youth with disabilities, written by youth with disabilities

These fact sheets come from KASA, which stands for Kids as Self-Advocates. KASA offers more than 60 fact sheets written by youth with disabilities on its Advisory Board and youth writers from its network. Great stuff. http://www.fvkasa.org/resources/index.php … [Read more...]

Effective reading interventions for students with LD

Many a teacher, parent, and student with learning disabilities will want to visit this LDonline page. http://www.ldonline.org/article/33084 … [Read more...]

Students Living With a Genetic Condition: A Guide for Parents

You know how to identify and manage symptoms at home, and it may be scary to have someone else manage your child’s medical care in your absence. This guide provides information that may be helpful when writing a letter or when preparing to meet with your student’s teacher, school nurse, and physical education teacher or coach. This may also be a useful resource for bus drivers, babysitters, church leaders, or any other potential caregiver. http://tinyurl.com/23neulr … [Read more...]

GINA–the law against genetic discrimination

With genetic testing becoming increasingly pervasive in medical care and our daily lives, three of the most prominent organizations in genetics (the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, and Genetic Alliance) have teamed up to produce educational materials about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a landmark federal law that protects individuals … [Read more...]

Learning about an undiagnosed condition in a child

Many disabilities and disorders go undiagnosed, even after extensive evaluation and medical testing. If this is your situation, you may want to read this article from the Human Genome Project.http://www.genome.gov/17515951 … [Read more...]

Tips for those with an undiagnosed condition

Despite years of investigation and struggle, many disabilities and disorders are not diagnosed. What is it? If you live with an undiagnosed condition, or know someone who does, this article may be helpful.http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/TipsForAnUndiagnosedCondition.aspx … [Read more...]

Sample 504 plans

Wondering what a 504 Plan should look like? These templates and accommodation lists, put on the Web by school districts and disability organizations, can give parents and schools an idea of what to look at and look for when working together to develop a plan for a child.http://specialchildren.about.com/od/504s/qt/sample504.htm … [Read more...]

Disability etiquette

Here’s a 56-page, easy-to-read, text-light resource from the United Spinal Association. It discusses many different disabilities and offers very good suggestions on disability etiquette.http://www.scribd.com/doc/6608875/Disability-Etiquette … [Read more...]

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