We came across some fascinating information from Kids as Self Advocates (“KASA”) on Facebook and thought that this organization’s insights were well worth sharing. Of particular interest is its published work on the distinctions between the medical model of disability versus the social model of disability, which I’m going to get more into below.
Wrightslaw posted this video on their Facebook page and my nervous system went haywire when I saw it. I didn’t know whether to laugh or retch, so I was wracked with spasms as I watched it.
Created by the special ed law firm Frankel & Kershenbaum (http://davefrankel.com), this video is “A satirical and slightly sarcastic look at a typical conversation between the parent of a child with special needs and an official from the school district who isn’t quite getting it.”
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article.
KPS4Parents assists parents pursue a Free and Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) for children who need IEPs or 504 Plans. We help in both venues.
Most of the families we serve are involved in the special education process, which calls for an Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”), but we still have a few who are not eligible for an IEP but are eligible for a 504 Plan. Many parents and educators struggle to understand the difference between these two types of legally binding and enforceable documents, so today’s post/podcast is meant to explain how they are similar and how they are different.
The folks at Tri-Counties Regional Center publish a regular newsletter/magazine called TriLine for its consumers with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as its vendored service providers and interested members of the community.
The Winter 2010 issue has not yet been published to their site, but you can view past issues in their archives. They have nonetheless given us permission to republish one article from the Winter 2010 issue titled “The Power of Pets” that features one of the children from the KPS4Parents family, Alison La Douceur.
On August 26, 2010, an investigation was opened by the California Department of Education (“CDE”) into allegations of procedural non-compliance that I made in my capacities as both a volunteer surrogate parent and advocate for KPS4Parents on behalf of two incarcerated youth at the Ventura Correctional Facility in Camarillo, CA. Both youth are eligible to receive special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).
You can download a PDF of the investigation findings by clicking here. The personally identifying information of the students on whose behalf these complaints were filed has been redacted to preserve their confidentiality.
The nature of the complaint was that many, if not most, of the special education students attending Mary B. Perry High School, which is located within the facility, were compromised by systemic failures of the Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) and its internal public education system, the California Education Authority (“CEA”). The two students named individually in the complaint were compromised by these systemic violations and represented the class of students within the CEA who have been similarly compromised.
I had an experience with a family a couple of weeks ago that is still circling around in my mind and it keeps bringing me back to one of my all-time favorite poems, which is by an anonymous poet, that I originally read in The Road Less Traveled by Dr. M. Scott Peck. ?The poem is called “Love is Separateness” and it has been a lesson to me as a parent for many years. ? Continue reading →
I’ve mentioned in past postings about privately operated tutoring businesses that cater to families that believe at least one of their children needs academic reinforcement for whatever reasons. Many times, it’s to help their kids boost their standardized test scores for college admissions purposes. Others are contending with unaddressed learning disabilities or other handicaps that interfere with learning.