Special Education E-Newsletters

maaps ‘School Comparison’ tool highlighted by Federation for Children with Special Needs

A large part of our work at maaps has always centered on empowering parents and stakeholders with the information needed to be able to help provide a high-quality education to every student. The article below from the Federation for Children with Special Needs shares a parent perspective about navigating that process for her daughter. It also highlights the maaps…

Volume 2.6 – Transition Two

Introduction In this edition of the newsletter, we will examine the transition process from school to adult life. As we discussed in Part One, transition is a required as part of the special education process and must begin no later then age fourteen for students with an IEP and the process must be child specific….

The Transition Process – A Two Part Review

Introduction In this edition of the newsletter, we will begin a two-part examination of the transition process. There are two times when the transition process occurs.  First, for young children receiving early intervention services, transition to public school to determine eligibility for services occurs at age three.  Typically the early intervention provider will contact parents…

v 2.4 Understanding Your Child’s Special Needs

In this edition of the newsletter, we will focus on how parents/legal guardians can best understand and participate in an in-depth understanding of your child’s needs leading to the best possible IEP.  The assessment process is the key to developing a picture of those needs and in determining how to best achieve success in school….

v 2.3 Chapter 766 Schools: A Guide for Parents

Introduction In this edition of the newsletter we will discuss Chapter 766 approved special education schools (S.E.S.) The description of the schools will be from an overall perspective and is intended to provide parents with some general information in order to develop an understanding of S.E.S. including but not limited to their unique capacities, similarity…

v 2.2 Should I Refer My Child to Special Education?

Introduction In this edition of the newsletter, we will examine the steps to take when referring your child for an evaluation to determine whether he or she needs special education services. The steps may be slightly different from one district to another, but this outline will serve as a general guide for you to use…

v 2.1 Considerations for Placement of a Child in Special Education: A Guide for Parents

When your child enters into special education, it is an important and sometimes complicated time. As a member of your child’s team, you must be fully engaged in the process. You bring a valuable perspective on the needs of your child and that perspective is especially important during the placement process. The educational placement of…

v 1.7 Educational Placement Options For A Child With Disabilities

The educational placement of a child with disabilities is an important aspect of a child’s education. [pullquote position=”right”]Evaluations of children with disabilities must be conducted by the school district at least every three years.[/pullquote]The options range from an inclusive educational environment where children with disabilities are educated alongside typical students, to the most restrictive environments…

v1.6 What Do I Do If I, The Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s), Disagree With The Decisions of The School Team

Disagreements between the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (collectively referred to as “Parents” in this article) of a child and the school team are very common. These disagreements may concern relatively discrete areas such as Individual Education Plan goals and objectives, or the frequency of a particular service such as speech therapy, occupational or physical therapy,…

v1.5 What Areas Of My Child’s Life Are Covered By Special Education Services?

Special education has a very broad meaning and encompasses many possible services to an eligible child. Included in what is classified as special education are “Related Services”. Related services are made up of a long list of services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling and mobility instruction to name just a few….

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