Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Questions To Ask Your School District Representative

1. What will your son or daughter be doing at school? If your child is accessed at a much lower functioning ability than his or her peers, than what exercises/activities can your son or daughter be involved in that will meet his or her individualized education skills? (When the kids are doing math, spelling, science, what adaptions are made for your son or daughter so they can be fully included in the classroom)

2. Where will your child be if it becomes neccessary to leave the classroom? What does the school consider an "reasonable" amount of time out of the classroom for it to be considered beneficial to your child?

3. Where does your child go when they are pulled out of class and what are they doing with them while they are in this room? What is the student: teacher ratio? It is reasonable for the school to assume that your son or daughter's individual education needs can be met with other students in this room?

4. Does your child's school provide a certified special education teacher who is licensed to make pecial adaptions and special changes for your child IN THE CLASSROOM AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES so that they can be fully mainstreamed ?

5. Will your child's "velcro" aid have the resources to adapt the material for your child so he or she will be included in the curriculum? If the velco aid is spending time with your son or daughter, how much time is allowed to make these special adaptions?

6. Will your child advocating agency be permitted to make drop in visits to check in?

7. What kind of adaptive equipment does your child have access to in the classroom and for other school related activities. For example, is there a braille machine or tape recorder? Braille copy of text or tape cassette of books and other related material same as the other children in the class? Augmentative speech buttons? Standers? Button operated- electric scissors? Head or foot sensitive switches?

8. . What will your child take away at the end of the day? Homework? Response Sheets?

9. What skills are your child developing while they are at school?

10. If your child is exempt from taking tests, exempt from doing what the other kids are doing in class, exempt from participating in class discussion, exempt from school curricula, then what is your child doing at school and what can the school do to make sure this is not happening?

11. Is your child being mainstreamed or warehoused? What good is an IEP if it does not address your child's individual education needs? (ex. You son is not cognition-wired to process math, spelling, history. So what can the school offer your son or daughter based on their individual developmental ability?)

If find the school answering these questionthem in a way that is not beneficial to your child's education, your child is not being "mainstreamed" and probably missing out on the education to which he or she is entitled. They are being "warehoused.

Some parents have opted to keep their child at home or found alternative therapeutic schools in the community that help their child develop skills to become independent through "continuum of alternative services" and by rights cannot be removed without written notification to parent outlining HOW these services will be transferred.

This clause allows a the school to provide services and activities according to the individual needs of the child.

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