Just curious. In our state PDD-NOS does not qualify a child for services or an
IEP so I was just wondering if I could go about getting my son a 504 when
he gets to Kindy. I wanted to hear some other experiences.
If a book is not your style, there is the free Wrightslaw website. You can search anything on that site and get reliable answers. In fact, the entire contents of the FROM EMOTIONS TO ADVOCACY book are there, but you need to search by topic. I found an interesting FAQ page that addresses the question in this thread:
Anyone who prefers the Web to a book can search any sped topic using their search engine. Happy Hunting (and, yes, school district keep info from parents -- that's what keeps me and the likes of Pete Wright in business. The need for professional advocates and sped lawyers to break through the wall of silence and lies)You can ask the school district to pay for Independent Educational Evaluations for each evaluation they did. That way, you pick the outside evaluator and they pay for it. They MUST agree to this or they must IMMEDIATELY take you to an expedited hearing to show a hearing officer why their own evaluation is valid. That will cost them far more than just paying for the evaluation. FROM EMOTIONS TO ADVOCACY gives you instructions on how to do all of this, including sample letters. Will the clinic that diagnosed him write a letter in support of him getting services through the school? Our school district would not qualify my ds until I fought and fought. Then they qualified him on an override basis (basically meant that he was close enough so they LET him qualify for one year - with a re-eval having to be done at the end of that year). BUT, the services they offered? Ten minutes of indirect consultation with his private preschool teacher once a week. That was it.
you aren't wrong, sweetie--the school system is. There was so much that they held from me, when I first started this whole sped issue with Sean. He got royally screwed, with lack of a better definition, because I believed all they told me and just went along with it.
Personally, I am not a book person but a research person--I sat, for hours going through similiar reports on the net, that were filed legally by other parents going through the same thing. I learned so much that way--and I am sure, if you look it up, there will be others that went through the same things, and you can see how the law was applied, and what was done. I also did a lot of references from pedi's and my old EI person, who was very versed in the law. I had a case manager as well that would ensure I got what, at that time, was expected for Sean--after I found out how much he WASN'T getting and called each of them for recommendations.
Many times, a school district will try to get away with things that cost them less money. It is illegal, yes, but it happens and they hope, sometimes that the parent is not versed enough to know the difference. In my case with Sean, that is what happened--and he, unfortunately became my learning point on how to deal with my two youngest. Personally, there is so much online these days that, buying a book and then, waiting to read through it fully is not as fast as just finding all of what you need on the net--especially with the things that are filed with the states involving school systems. Also, the places that are mentioned above, as well as Autism Speaks can really help you, and have it done a bit faster. If a pedi won't help you, either, I would find another one--had issues on that one too at one time--she happened to go to a college that believed that, autism and pdd were totally two different things and needing only certain issues addressed (like speech only), where the other things were just allowed to be dismissed.
Keep us posted, okay!Dad2LukeandAlan - Oh that is totally going to be my son wandering around
I understand from your posts on your other thread about your son's school that you are in Missouri. So am I.
Given the issues you've alluded to, it sounds like your son should qualify for services through the school district, small town or not, under the category of Young Child with a Developmental Disability (YCDD), which is a global category for children with developmental disabilities prior to age 6 here in Missouri. At age 6, he will be moved to an educational autism category if he qualified in his re-evaluation, or to another category that was appropriate. Either way, he would receive services.
Contact MPACT (stands for Missouri Parents Act) (http://www.ptimpact.com/) and request a parent mentor. They are a non-profit organization required by the IDEA (each state has one) to teach parents how to deal with the IEP process and advocate for their child. Mentors are available for free to assist you - I'm one of them for the St. Louis region. They are not there to advocate for you, but they teach you to advocate for your child, understand the process and really know your and your child's rights. Take the courses offered - you're in the right place/time to learn how to be the best advocate for your child you can be, considering you're just starting down the educational road.
I'm not sure where you are in Missouri, but please feel free to PM me and I'll get you the regional reps for your area, and am happy to help in any way I can.
T does not HAVE a clinical diagnosis but in Missouri, she has a school dioagnosis of AUTISM and receives services!
Thye are jerking you around.Tyoza- If I am wrong than why do I keep getting the same story from our