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Impending 9C Cuts – Urge Governor Patrick NOT to Make Cuts to Special Education

To:                   maaps Members From:              Lauren Burm, Director of Public Advocacy           Take Action Now! maaps is urging all member schools’ staff, Boards of Directors, families and advocates to email Governor Patrick  to ask him not to make 9C cuts to the special education circuit breaker account.  [pullquote position=”right”]Take Action Now! maaps is urging all…

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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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v1.4 How To Read, Translate And Use Evaluations

Creating an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must begin with a clear picture of your child’s specific needs. While evaluations help put that “I” in IEP, reports are written in the technical language of the experts – a foreign language for most parents. In order to understand what the reports mean and what is being recommended…

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v1.3 Preparing For Your Child’s IEP

If you are like many parents, when you receive a phone call or a letter asking for your attendance at your child’s IEP meeting, you start to feel anxious. You may feel anxiety, confusion, or even feel inadequate at these meetings. What should you do? Say? What is your role while sitting with your child’s…

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v1.2 What Are The Evaluation Requirements?

If you are concerned with your child’s ability to participate effectively in his/her school program, you have the right to request an evaluation of your child. Always make your request to the school district in writing. The school district has five school days to send you a written outline of the evaluations they would like…

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v1.2 The Right Kind of Evaluation

How to get the right kind of evaluation to determine whether or not my child is eligible for special education services The first step in the process of determining if your child should receive special education services is the special education evaluation. The evaluation should examine all areas of concern and provide a detailed description…

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v.1.2 What Areas Must An Evaluation Cover?

The clinician will use a variety of evaluation tools, based on your child’s individual needs and areas of concern. These areas of concern may include an evaluation of how your child communicates and understands language, your child’s level of educational development, and an assessment of how your child thinks, behaves, and adapts to changes. Evaluations…

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v1.2 How Do I Find A Qualified Professional To Conduct The Evaluation?

Once you request an evaluation, the school has the right and obligation to find a suitable professional to conduct the evaluation. If the school does not have a qualified person on staff to administer specific assessments, the district has an obligation to seek a qualified person outside of the school district at school expense (e.g.,…

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