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Schools Accused Of Forcing Out Special Education Students - Disability Scoop

Schools Accused Of Forcing Out Special Education Students - Disability Scoop



Advocates are accusing schools across one of the nation’s largest
states of using truancy laws to funnel kids with disabilities off their
rolls.


Thirteen school districts in Texas — including those in Austin,
Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio — are allegedly using truancy laws
to absolve themselves of responsibilities under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, according to a complaint filed this week by
the advocacy groups Disability Rights Texas, the National Center for
Youth Law and Texas Appleseed.


“Rather than providing these students with the special education and
related services to which they are entitled — services which would allow
them to stay in school and access their education — their school
districts have referred them to court for the Class C misdemeanor of
Failure to Attend School,” according to the complaint filed with the
Texas Education Agency. “Once in court, the …

Do I Have to Pick Up My Child with Special Needs Every Time the School Calls?

Do I Have to Pick Up My Child with Special Needs Every Time the School Calls?



When your house telephone or cell phone rings between the
hours of 8:00am-4:00pm on school days, does a feeling of panic or dread
overcome you, believing that your child’s school is calling?  If you
answered yes, then you are not alone. That time, when our special needs
children are in school, and out of our sight, makes our imaginations run
rampant. Seeing the name of the school on the Caller ID, makes our
heart stop, and sets our imaginations into overdrive.




Many times the reason for the call is to come collect our child with
special needs because he/she is requesting to leave, the school doesn’t
feel like dealing with them, or he/she doesn’t want to do the
assignments.




Working and non-working parents alike are forced to scurry to school
in the middle of the day to pick up children for issues that the school
could have typically handled internally. These repeated pick-up calls
beg the qu…

Tony Attwood - Author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Tony Attwood - Author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome



Should children with Autistic Spectrum disorders be exempted from doing Homework? A major cause of anguish for children with an Autistic Spectrum
Disorder, their families and teachers is the satisfactory completion of
homework. Why should this group of children have such an emotional
reaction to the mere thought of having to start their homework and such
difficulty completing assigned tasks? There may be two explanations. The
first is based on their degree of stress and mental exhaustion during
their day at school and the second is due to their profile of cognitive
skills.


The stress of being at school




As with their classroom peers, a child with an Autistic Spectrum
Disorder has to learn the traditional educational curriculum but they
encounter additional learning experiences and sources of stress than do
other children in their class. They have an additional curriculum,
namely the social curriculum. …

Autism Advocates in Action-Open Letter to Gov. Nixon | Council for Autism and Neurodiversity

Autism Advocates in Action-Open Letter to Gov. Nixon | Council for Autism and Neurodiversity





Autism Advocates in Action-Open Letter to Gov. NixonPosted onJanuary 9, 2012byThe Council for Autism and Neurodiversity Office of Governor Jay Nixon

P.O. Box 720

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573) 751-3222




Governor,




I am the mother of an 18 year old autistic child.  He is kind,
honest, caring, and intelligent.  He was forced to drop out of high
school at the age of 16.  He was being emotionally and psychologically
abused by the system.  He was forced to take medication just to walk
through the doors of school.  The medication damaged his liver and we
had to discontinue its use.  His psychiatrist said that he was no longer
learning and he was not receiving the services that he so desperately
needed so he might as well just drop out.  He will never leave home.




My son has been abused by the Lee’s Summit R7 School District, the
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, th…

Understanding Child’s Trouble With Organization and Time Management - Understood

Understanding Child’s Trouble With Organization and Time Management - Understood



What Can Cause Issues With Organization and Time ManagementProblems keeping organized and managing time aren’t signs of laziness. But they are signs of certain learning and attention issues. The most common one is executive functioning issues.
But there are other conditions that can make kids scattered and
disorganized. Here are some reasons why kids struggle with organization
and time management.




Executive functioning issues: These are weaknesses
in a key set of mental skills that help kids plan, organize, prioritize,
memorize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. Having a weakness in
one or more of these skills makes it hard to do certain tasks.




Executive functioning issues
aren’t a disability or a formal disorder. But they often occur in kids
with learning and attention issues. That’s especially true of kids with ADHD.




Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: This is the most common brain-base…

Ten Things to Ask of Those Working with Your Special Child | The Visible Parent

Ten Things to Ask of Those Working with Your Special Child | The Visible Parent





As parents we respectfully request that members of our child’s support team follow these tenets:


1. Understand that developmental or neurological differences make our
child different, not deficient.  We do not want our child to experience
unspoken messages that he or she needs to be cured or fixed.


2. Presume competency in our child, and understand that it may take a
while for him to show you all he knows.   Please have patience and
assume that he understands everything you are saying.


3. Do not confuse our child’s inability to speak or use proper
language as an inability to think.  Our child’s ability to communicate
her inside thoughts is not always easy or possible, but she has
thoughts, emotions and desires just as any other child does.


4. Prioritize our child’s feelings of safety in relationships as a
necessary condition for learning.  It is more difficult for our child to
feel safe because he …

Comments From Citizens Regarding No Tax Increase