education difficulty tips and rights
hi. my sister told me about this site. i reviewed alot of postings. my son is 10 with autism . he also has a heart condition seizures etc, he is served in special education in florida, and yes it sure is special !
ive read about state laws towns etc, basically all our kids in or even recieving apecial education services meaning haveing an iep or even just supports served in reg ed are protected under idea which are governed by federal laws and they and the parents are protected under ada so long as the child has a disability, any disability, not just autism. my son started pre-k at age 3 in public school, where basically he has learned nothing but to be restrained, locked in tiny rooms or strapped to chairs, sits in his own urine and feces, etc. i have fought for years, he has a 1-1 aide actually he has 2 of them, it really doesnt make a differance if they dont want to do it. i havent quite figured it our but the schools recieve federal funds, they dont use our kids funds just for them its used for the schools, i have requested my son go to a school that better meets his needs, but they are not willing to do this as of yet regardless of all the publicity my sons case has gotten, and the sanctions the dept. of ed has given them, i hired an attny, they still do this stuff.
my son comes home with bruises from restraints by staff, they get away with it because out kids dont make good witnesses, ive actually been told this. anyway, parents have to attend every meeting, document everything, legally you can tape record the iep meeting, inform them you will be recording your meeting, they will as well but that is ok, i have found ths helps alot, after every conversation i submit a follow up letter to who i spoke with verifying the discusion, also i take pics of bruising, i demand incident reports, if your child is not makeing progress academically, get an independent academic test, not a psychoeducational, an ACADEMIC, that will show what the school is teaching verses what they say, they tell me my son is an honor student in 4th grade, how come he cant add or subtract, i thought that was a first grade skill?, he cant tell time, tie his shoes, but whatever.
our kids have civil rights, they can not segregate them, my sons school thought they could put him in his own classroom with just his aide all day, well maybe back in the 1800's but not these days. anyway if you have any question i will be more than happy to help the best i can.