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Special Education Tip # 12: Do Not Sign an IEP Without Reviewing it Carefully

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Do not sign an IEP without reviewing it carefully.  An IEP is an important document which specifies a school district’s obligations to provide special education services.  Every year, parents attend team meetings to ...

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Effective Parents are Involved in Their Child’s Education

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Through our work with parents of children involved in the special education system, we have seen what traits Here is the first in a series of tips on navigating the special education system.  Trait # 1: Effective parents are ...

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10 Traits of Effective Parents in Navigating the Special Education System

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Navigating the Special Education System Advocating for children in the special education system can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for parents. Parents of children who require special education services quickly ...

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Special Education Tip # 11: Maintain Productive Relationships

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Maintain Productive Relationships in Special Education Advocating for services or an out-of-district placement for a child with a disability can be a long and frustrating road. Often, parents must engage in countless team ...

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Special Education Tip #10: Choose Evaluators Wisely & Stay Organized

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How to choose Special Education Evaluators or Experts Deciding to hire an attorney to undertake a special education case is a big decision for many parents. Preparing to file a hearing request with the Bureau of Special ...

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Special Education Tip # 9: Share the Results of Outside Evaluations with Your Child’s School

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Share the Results of Outside Evaluations with Your Child’s School Many parents struggle with the decision to disclose information about their child’s disability to their child’s school. While independent evaluations ...

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Special Education Tip #8: Provide Consent for School Evaluations

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When a school district requests consent to conduct evaluations of a child receiving special education services, many parents’ first inclination is to say no. This is especially true for parents who recently hired an ...

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Special Education Tip # 7: Recording Team Meetings – is it a Good Idea?

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Is it a Good Idea to Record Team Meetings in MA? Team meetings can be stressful and confusing. During a typical meeting, teachers, administrators and specialists offer opinions about your child, often at a rapid pace and ...

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Special Education Tip # 6: Make Sure Your Child Receives an Evaluation within the Required Timeframe

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Special Education Tip – Receiving a Timely Evaluation As a parent there may come a time when you are concerned about your child’s performance in school, and you may suspect that your child requires special education ...

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Special Education Tip #5: Determine if Your Child is Eligible for Special Education Services

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Determine if Your Child is Eligible for Special Education Services Many parents of students who require special education services have concerns about their child’s progress or particular learning needs beginning at a young ...

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