Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs Through the by Mary Korpi

By Mary Korpi

Whilst kids with detailed wishes transition from university to grownup existence, either they and their households are confronted with many new judgements and demanding situations. This ebook offers recommendation and data to aid households organize for that transition, and make it take place as easily and seamlessly as attainable. Mary Korpi acknowledges the impression of this changeover interval and emphasises the necessity for teens to be incorporated in all judgements and discussions approximately their destiny, thereby constructing self-advocacy abilities. the 1st a part of the booklet explains how households can adapt daily exercises to boost the younger adult's crucial existence abilities. the second one half presents details on courses and aid prone, and stresses the significance of devising a good transition plan to aid youngsters discover avenues fitted to their own objectives and skills. this is often necessary examining for households of kids with disabilities who're getting ready to maneuver on from institution existence.

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The IDEA also sets out a broad array of legal protections for children and parents, again beyond those of regular education. Parents have the right to access their child’s educational records, including all results of testing. They have the right to be notified of any proposal to initiate, change, or terminate programs or services and to participate in the decisions surrounding those proposals. They have the right to be informed in advance of any formal IEP meetings, including receiving information about who will be invited and what will be discussed, and to have the meetings occur at a convenient time.

To help clarify what these legal protections mean and how they can best be used, Chapter 13 provides an explanation of the hierarchy and interaction of federal and state laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and agency interpretations. 37 2 chapter Eligibility T he Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers a wide range of children with disabilities. However, to qualify for special education services, the child must meet the criteria for at least one of the 13 categories of disability that the act encompasses.

24 This is an important option for parents if they feel that their child’s needs warrant immediate evaluation, prior to use of RTI methods, or that the RTI process has gone on too long or isn’t working. As will be discussed below, the language providing for eligibility based on “a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, state approved grade-level standards, or intellectual development” 25 appears to reflect a compromise in relation to the statutory 52 Eligibility void in how to determine the presence of a learning disability in the absence of these discrepancy formulas.

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