Our staff curated a new training for "Middle School Transition", what to do when your child with special needs goes from elementary school to Middle school. There are several changes that occur within the school but also key developmental things that also take place. Have a look by clicking the link below!
Middle School Transition!
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As we missed last FAQ Friday, we're doing a FAQ Wednesday and will return with regular programming this coming Friday. :) 2 in one week!
This excerpt is from http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/special-education-law.html - this is an article from that explains limitations on age in public school for students with special needs:
Special education law provides a child the right to be placed in a private school ONLY if your school district cannot provide an appropriate program.
Please do read the rest of this article at the link here - it lists and summarizes the 13 major facets of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which is EXTREMELY pertinent to families that have children with special needs.
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Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood.
Transition planning begins during high school at the latest.
IDEA requires that transition planning start by the time the student reaches age 16.
Transition planning may start earlier (when the student is younger than 16) if the IEP team decides it would be appropriate to do so.
Transition planning takes place as part of developing the student’s Individualized Education Program(IEP).
The IEP team (which includes the student and the parents) develops the transition plan.
The student must be invited to any IEP meeting where postsecondary goals and transition services needed to reach those goals will be considered.
In transition planning, the IEP team considers areas such as postsecondary education or vocational training, employment, independent living, and community participation.
Transition services must be a coordinated set of activities oriented toward producing results.
Transition services are based on the student’s needs and must take into account his or her preferences and interests.
Link to article:
Under the requirements of IDEA (the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act), schools must begin the planning for a student’s transition on the IEP that will be in place when the student turns 16. This means the planning must begin when the student is 15, if he or she will turn 16 during that year. Many of us who work with students with disabilities believe this is really on the late side and that this planning should actually begin much earlier—probably by middle school age.
The process for transition is specified under the law and must include documentation that the student’s interests, abilities and desires are taken into account. This means your son or daughter must have the opportunity to provide input into the plan by letting the school staff know what he or she wants to do past graduation. You, as the parent of the student, are also a crucial part of the team and should be included in the planning and process as the student moves toward graduation.
There is a requirement that other agencies be involved in this planning—chief among them would be Rehabilitation Services and also providers of services to adults with disabilities. It is also wise to have your parent center representative present during these meetings to provide you with continuing information regarding the process, and also with regard to holding the various players accountable for their roles in transition. If you do not have a parent center representative, please call us at 479-927-4100 and ask for the Family Support office, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)