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DRWV’s Comments on Proposed Changes to Policy 2419: Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities

 Click here to read DRWV’s comments on proposed changes to Policy 2419.DRWVs-Comments-on-Changes-to-WV-BOE-Policy-2419-06.09.17.pdf

The Arc of WV Special Education Advocacy Training on May 17

Click here to see original flyer. Special Education Advocacy Training When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:30 am* – 3:30 pm *registration will begin at 9:00 am Where: Judge Black Annex 319 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 This hands-on training session will focus on: •Key components of an IEP or 504 Plan and what they mean •How to respond to and document comments made during meetings or conversations •What timelines the school and county should be following •What to do if services or accommodations/modifications are not being provided •What to do if you do not agree with the school or county’s approach •Identifying and accessing appropriate services during transition for youth and young adults •Small group discussions about current IEPs or 504 Plans – if time allows (you may want to bring a copy of the most current plan and any other supporting documents) Trainers: Christina Smith, Executive Director The Arc of West Virginia Betsy Peterson, Parent Information Specialist Pathways to… Read More > The Arc of WV Special Education Advocacy Training on May 17

4/21 is the last day to register for this IEP:Advocacy by Parents Training!

Time is running out to register!!! Deadline to Register is April 21, 2017 IEP: Advocacy by Parents Fair Shake Network Presents: How to advocate for your child and work with IEP teams in a positive and productive way. This training will include:  Tips for successful advocacy  Questions that a Parent Advocate should ask  Pursuing appropriate paths of communication for advocacy  Understanding the education system’s language Mountain State Center for Independent Living Conference Room 821 Fourth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 Friday, April 28, 2017 9:00 – Noon Registration Fee is $20.00 and includes a 1 year FSN Membership, Materials and Refreshments Registration form is attached or, You can register online at www.fairshake.org

Is It Really Homebound?

Throughout my work with special education matters, I have noticed an interesting practice by several county school systems in West Virginia. Students are placed on homebound as the answer in resolving special education related matters. It is very often used as a means of placement for students who have unresolved disciplinary issues. This practice should give many people pause when they understand what homebound actually is.  Homebound is most commonly known as a means of receiving educational instruction when a student encounters special health problems, temporary illness, or injury. This is known as “medical homebound” and requires a medical referral from the student’s physician every twenty (20) days. A good example for when this would be a good option for students is when a student breaks a leg and a teacher comes to the house to bring assignments and provide instruction for a limited number of hours per week.  Sometimes students with disabilities are placed on what is known as… Read More > Is It Really Homebound?

U.S. D.O.E.: U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities (ed.gov)

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Dept. of Education Dear Collegue Letter on Transition

U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague letter “addressing the day-to-day reality of youth transitioning from confinement and the challenges they face when returning to their schools and communities”. (PDF) Read More > Dept. of Education Dear Collegue Letter on Transition

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

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Understood.org: How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Binder

How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Binder (understood.org)

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Wrightslaw: Summer School 2016: Session 4

Wrightslaw: Summer School 2016: Session 4 (wrightslaw.com)

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Wrightslaw: Summer School 2016: Session 3

Wrightslaw: Summer School 2016: Session 3 (wrightslaw.com)

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