Every day at NCLD, our team receives questions from parents, educators, policy officials and people who have learning and attention issues from all over the country. That’s why we've decided to kick off a monthly blog series in which we share some of the month's questions and the NCLD team's responses to them. We hope these can be helpful to other members of our community who are experiencing some of the same issues.
Do My Son’s Teachers Have to Read His IEP?I was at an IEP meeting yesterday and learned from my son’s caseworker/special education teacher that she is the only one required to read the IEP; none of his teachers are. My son has ADHD with reading/writing/spelling LD and in Honors classes (so he doesn’t have a special education teacher in his classes). Many, many parents recommend writing letters to their children's teachers, and I definitely see why that is *so* important now.
Given these conditions, what is the real role and purpose of the IEP? More importantly, how can parents (usually viewed as the enemy and “unwilling” to do our part and let our children take “responsibility”) effectively help their children learn and get a holistic approach to their education. #confused and #frustrated.
Our response: Thanks for your message. Providing appropriate services and supports is everyone’s job, in partnership, and that’s what the IEP process is all about. The IEP is an agreement created by parents and school personnel (with input from other specialists as needed) that summarizes areas of strength and weakness and details the types of specialized instruction and support that will be provided to a child in response to their having met the criteria for one of the federally recognized educationally handicapping conditions (of which specific learning disabilities is one).
If teachers are unaware of these provisions, they could be denying a child the “free and appropriate education” to which they are entitled by law.
Must they read the actual IEP to get this information? No. But if there are strategies, modifications or accommodations named in the IEP, they cannot be ignored. Teachers are not exempt from being part of the solution. Adhering to the recommendations in an IEP is not voluntary. That said, the specifics of how the IEP is implemented almost always involves ongoing discussion and even negotiation.
It sounds like you know what to do. Meet with your child’s teachers (IEP in hand and, if needed, a special education faculty member at your side) and talk through the specific ways that everyone needs to work together to support your child’s learning.
What About Adults With Learning and Attention Issues?I see much of this is for children, but I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions or links to other social groups that can help me. I have a daughter (young adult) with moderate to severe LD along with ADHD who has just entered the workforce and is struggling because she can’t multi-task. Are there any suggestions also as to what jobs are a good fit for persons with LD.
My Daugter Has LD. Now What Do I Do?So my 6 year 11 month old daughter was assessed at her school. We had her eligibility meeting today and she was found eligible for Special Education due to an “Early Learning Disability” They also found she has some sensory overload issues as well.
I am so confused as to what to do next. I obviously want her to get the services that she needs to thrive. We have an IEP meeting in a couple weeks, and I want to ensure I do everything that I possibly can.
She will be receiving occupational therapy and speech language pathology 1 time a week at school. I am wondering if it is necessary to pursue further testing to determine which LD she has so she is better accommodated for her own personal needs? Any suggestions or resources that you can direct me to for this information and suggestions on how to pursue this?
Your website has a overwhelming amount of very valuable information which I plan to conquer one article a day to better educate myself on this topic.
Any and all suggestions and resources would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Our response: Thanks so much for reaching out, and we're so glad you’ve found us! We offer many, many resources that you can rely on as you begin this journey.
It’s totally natural to feel overwhelmed. One very comprehensive resource we offer that will take you through each step of the process is the Parent Guide to IDEA. It should help orient you, help you understand your daughter’s rights under the law, and help you understand what questions you may want to start asking your daughter’s educators.
And we have a checklist that you can use to prepare your questions for upcoming and future meetings. Hope this is helpful.
What Happens When My Child Graduates From High School?My son is a senior with dyslexia and is a 504 student here in Texas. Will his 504 follow him to college? Any advice on what to ask for or continued help at the college level.
Our response: Thanks for reaching out. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination against your son and guarantees that people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services that receive federal funds, will continue to apply to your son. But, if he has a documented plan, that will not necessarily continue in college.
All colleges are required to provide accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Some colleges offer specialized programs that are very structured, while others offer support services that are less intensive and require the student to take the lead in monitoring progress and asking for help.
We have a number of resources that can help guide you through this transition.
Our article about planning for college success walks you through the differences as well, and suggests steps you and your child can take now so that he’s ready when he begins college. There is also advice about what to ask for and where to go once he arrives at school.
For additional information about how to access support in college, including visiting the Disability Support Services office, check out this article. Do you have a question? Send us a private message on Facebook, or post it publicly on our Facebook page. We do our best to respond to every question.