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SSA Blog Post: Considering College? Attend a College Fair!

Attending a College Fair Mar 6, 2018 If you’re a young adult who’s ready to graduate from high school, you may be thinking about going to college. If you’re not sure where you’d like to apply, a college fair may help you set goals and make decisions. Similar to a career fair, a college fair offers you the opportunity to learn about many different colleges and universities and ask questions about campus life, academics and accessibility. Admissions representatives are there to talk with you one-on-one, answer your questions, and offer you an idea of what you can expect from the college where they work. Today, we’re sharing some advice on how to make the most of a college fair. Where to find college fairs College fairs are held throughout the year, but many take place in the spring and fall. To find and attend one near you, check out: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC): In addition to offering… Read More > SSA Blog Post: Considering College? Attend a College Fair!

AT in IEPs

AT in IEPs -by Staff Attorney Erin Snyder The Individualized Education Planning (IEP) process is a great opportunity to collaborate on the delivery of supports and services for students with disabilities. School districts are responsible for providing assistive technology (AT) devices and services a student needs to benefit from their educational program. The IEP team will make a determination of what these needs are through evaluations and assessments. It is important to take into consideration the student’s disability, environment, technology options, and preferences when considering AT devices and services. Playing an active part as a member of the IEP team during the AT evaluation, eligibility and determination processes, will help students succeed from school to the workplace. The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (WVDDC) and Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) have developed: A Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education for family members, students, educators, and advocates for students with disabilities. This Companion Guide to the WV Department of Education… Read More > AT in IEPs

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights

Special Education Gives Voice to Children with Disabilities

Chris Ulmer used to be a special education teacher who now travels the world giving a voice to children with disabilities. #childrenareamazing

Annual IEP Goals: What you Need to Know

Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know By Kristin Stanberry At a Glance Your child’s IEP goals should be reviewed and updated annually. These goals should focus on helping your child succeed in his school subjects and with everyday life skills like socializing. Once your child’s new IEP goals are set, the IEP team decides what supports and services will help him reach those goals. During each annual IEP meeting, you and the rest of your child’s IEP team will review your child’s progress toward meeting his annual goals. You’ll also develop new goals for the coming year. Setting annual IEP goals is much like planning the next “destination” in your child’s journey. First, you need to figure out how he’s doing now. (Where is he now?) Then you can decide what help he needs to reach his next set of goals. (Where should he go next and how can he get there?) Here we explain the process of… Read More > Annual IEP Goals: What you Need to Know

Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College

Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for any student. Deciding which school to attend is one of the biggest decisions a student will make. But for students with learning and attention issues, there are some additional hurdles to navigate. NCLD recently released The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5, the fourth edition of NCLD’s powerful, data-filled publication. The report explores many facets of being a student with learning and attention issues, including the transition from high school to college and the workforce. One of the most important decisions a student makes in their academic career is whether or not to go to college. Yet, while students with learning disabilities are just as smart as their peers, they attend four-year colleges at half the rate. And those who do attend college are less likely to complete it. So what is getting in their way?… Read More > Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College

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

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?