April 2019 - Special Educator e-Journal

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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© March 2019

This month’s update concerns issues that were subject to recent officially-published court decisions and are of practical significance: (a) FAPE variations, including ABA methodology and transition services, and (b) child find and eligibility complications, including the IDEA statute of limitations, in the case of a gifted child with school attendance and mental health problems.

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    Developmental Milestones

    Childhood is a time of tremendous growth and learning. How very exciting to be a baby…or a two-year-old… or get on a school bus for the first time. There’s so much to know!

    We all come into the world like small waiting sponges, ready to absorb what’s around us. Yet we’re all different, too—another of life’s little marvels. We also develop at different rates. Some children speed along, practically running before they walk. Others take their time–or need more time. And still others may ultimately need four wheels to get around.

    Parents, siblings, grandparents, daycare providers, teachers, and friends watch eagerly for each new step and progression in a child’s skills. If a skill is not learned “on time,” they may worry. Juana’s not sitting up yet, but the baby next door is. Hannah should be talking in full sentences by now! Frank and Ahmed aren’t learning to read as easily as the rest of the class.

    But what’s “on time?” What’s “normal?” Does “normal” have a range?

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      Educational Technology Counts

      Every year Education Week publishes an annual report on educational technology. These reports can help Parent Centers, schools, and families learn more about the various technologies in use to support teaching and learning, and to see changes and developments across time. As examples, consider these recent reports:

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          • First Steps in the Disability Journey

          • Guidance from OSERS

          • In Honor of Black History Month

          • Accommodations in the Classroom and in State Assessments

          • School Safety and School Resource Officers

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            U.S. Department of Education Letters


            WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Education released four letters responding to requests for guidance Jan. 29.

            The letters address students with disabilities in correctional facilities, discipline procedures, children with disabilities place in private schools by their parents, and response to intervention.

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              For Professionals New to Disability

              Are you a teacher who has a student with a disability in your class this year? Perhaps you work in daycare or an early childhood program, and the newest kid on the playground uses a wheelchair?  Or maybe you run an afterschool program—-which now includes a third grader with serious behavioral challenges.  Maybe  you’re a ….

              Well, you get the idea. Your professional life now includes addressing the needs of an individual or individuals with disabilities.

              What do you do? What should you do? You don’t know, because you’re new to disabilities!

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                Services in Your State for Infants and Toddlers

                Early intervention provides free developmental evaluations of children younger than 3 (that is to say, before their third birthday) and helps families find services for their little one. These services are available through the same law that makes special education services available—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

                Finding Early Intervention in Your Area

                If you’re concerned about possible delays in your baby’s development or think your baby or toddler needs special help, you should get in touch with the early intervention system in your area. Here are two suggestions for how to do that.

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                  Brief for Parent Centers on School Resource Officers

                  Read This Brief If…
                  …the school system in your community, district, or state places (or is considering placing) sworn law-enforcement officers in public schools as part of building a safe learning environment for students.

                  This Brief Expands Upon…
                  …OSEP’s Dear Colleague Letter on the Use of School Resource Officers (SROs) in Schools, released September 8, 201

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                    Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

                    • Center for Parent Information and Resources
                    • Committee on Education and the Workforce
                    • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
                    • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
                    • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
                    • National Institute of Health
                    • National Organization on Disability
                    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
                    • U.S. Department of Education
                    • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
                    • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
                    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
                    • U.S. Department of Labor
                    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
                    • U.S. Office of Special Education

                      The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal

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