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Special Needs Education

Dora Said:

Child needs special education but parents won't consent, what do I do?

We Answered:

They can conduct the evaluation without consent but cannot give special ed services without consent.
This is all covered under IDEA (individuals with disabilities education act) Title l Part B Sec 614:

http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croo…

"(ii) Absence of consent.--

(I) For initial evaluation.--If the parent of such child does not provide consent for an initial evaluation under clause (i)(I), or the parent fails to respond to a request to provide the consent, the local educational agency may pursue the initial evaluation of the child by utilizing the procedures described in section 615, except to the extent inconsistent with State law relating to such parental consent.

(II) For services.--If the parent of such child refuses to consent to services under clause (i)(II), the local educational agency shall not provide special education and related services to the child by utilizing the procedures described in section 615.

(III) Effect on agency obligations.--If the parent of such child refuses to consent to the receipt of special education and related services, or the parent fails to respond to a request to provide such consent--

(aa) the local educational agency shall not be considered to be in violation of the requirement to make available a free appropriate public education to the child for the failure to provide such child with the special education and related services for which the local educational agency requests such consent; and

(bb) the local educational agency shall not be required to convene an IEP meeting or develop an IEP under this section for the child for the special education and related services for which the local educational agency requests such consent.

(iii) Consent for wards of the state.--

(I) In general.--If the child is a ward of the State and is not residing with the child's parent, the agency shall make reasonable efforts to obtain the informed consent from the parent (as defined in section 602) of the child for an initial evaluation to determine whether the child is a child with a disability.

(II) Exception.--The agency shall not be required to obtain informed consent from the parent of a child for an initial evaluation to determine whether the child is a child with a disability if--

(aa) despite reasonable efforts to do so, the agency cannot discover the whereabouts of the parent of the child;

(bb) the rights of the parents of the child have been terminated in accordance with State law; or

(cc) the rights of the parent to make educational decisions have been subrogated by a judge in accordance with State law and consent for an initial evaluation has been given by an individual appointed by the judge to represent the child.

(E) Rule of construction.--The screening of a student by a teacher or specialist to determine appropriate instructional strategies for curriculum implementation shall not be considered to be an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services.

Oscar Said:

What is the importance of special needs education?

We Answered:

It provides an individualized plan for education in the area(s) which an eligible student was professionally tested and identified as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Prior to the law's passage (previously known as the Education for all Handicapped Children Act) in 1975, people with disabilities frequently did not obtain an appropriate public education in the United States.

Those people with disabilities who were admitted into the public schools were placed into curriculum's which were inappropriate for their individual needs/capabilities. Parents lacked the legal right to protest and instead request that their child receive an appropriate public education--they were told to be thankful that the schools were 'at least' admitting their child.

Special education provides appropriate and effective education to people with disabilities so they have a chance to effectively function in society. Although not every person with disabilities can independently function, obtaining an appropriate education increases this chance for independence.

Douglas Said:

Where can I find a free online special needs education course?

We Answered:

Most Universities that offer degrees in special education also have a number of courses either partially or totally online. California State University of Los Angeles is a regionally accredited university that offers several degrees in special education and multiple online classes.
http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/ccoe/…

Mark Said:

Special Education - special needs only, why these other questions?

We Answered:

Perhaps the subject should be better labelled. For many people using Answers, English is not their first language. Also, if people have not had any experience with special needs groups, they really don't 'get' it at all.

Arlene Said:

How is the special needs education in Austin Texas?

We Answered:

The best thing to do is to find some local support groups in Austin and contact them to ask your questions. Most of these groups are run by parents just like you and can provide invaluable information about which school districts are easier to work with, what services are common, etc. If I knew what kind of in-home services you are looking for and your child's age, I could help you better. You can email me if you'd like.

Also check out www.yellowpagesforkids.com , click on Texas. There are TONS of places in Austin listed. Good luck!

Kelly Said:

It is the conviction of scholars in the field of special needs education that parents should be active?

We Answered:

Special ed in schools is mandated by FEDERAL law called IDEA 'individuals with disabilities education act' and according to this law, parents are suppose to be involved in EVERY part of the special ed process, such as evaluations, identification, goals, writing IEP plan, all of it.
BUT, most schools do not want the parents involved. THey just want them to be blind and dumb to what the school is doing, which is being corrupt and not helping the children.
So, it doesn't matter wha the CONVICTION is, by LAW the parents are suppose to be involved.

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