Dyslexia?  Your child can succeed in school!

Recently, I received an email from a client who had hired me after years trying to get their son, who has dyslexia, proper services at his school. They tried to navigate the system, through charter schools and tutoring sessions and “Student Success” meetings at school, but he kept failing.  We helped them get a properContinue reading “Dyslexia?  Your child can succeed in school!”

Custody Disputes and Children with Special Needs

Children with disabilities have a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education.  School districts have an affirmative obligation to seek out and serve students with disabilities.  Parents have the right to advocate on behalf of their child to obtain the type of support they feel is beneficial for their child. But sometimes parents don’t agreeContinue reading “Custody Disputes and Children with Special Needs”

Charter Schools: Know Your Rights

What is a charter school? A charter school is “a public school that provides free elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter executed, pursuant to a state charter school law, by an authorized agency/authority and that is designated by such authority to be a public charter school” – Office for CivilContinue reading “Charter Schools: Know Your Rights”

What is an IEE? And why is it so important?

An IEE is an Independent Educational Evaluation, performed by a qualified professional who does not work for the public school or school district.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that parents of special education students have a right to an IEE when they disagree with the public school’s evaluation of their child.  20Continue reading “What is an IEE? And why is it so important?”

Questions and Answers about Regional Centers

Regional Centers provide support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout California. According to the California Department of Developmental Services, regional centers are “nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide aContinue reading “Questions and Answers about Regional Centers”

Special Education: What are they talking about?

Special Education Terminology is Confusing! Especially because one term is often used to describe several different things. This handy glossary can help you understand what some common terms mean, and how they apply to your child’s situation.