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- This is a Must Read document!
Tips for Parents by Celeste Johnson. Excellent tips for
being an effective advocate for your child. This document my be copied for
personal use or for the personal use of others, as long as the copyright
information is retained on the document. However, this document may not be
re-published in any medium without prior permission.
Corner - Tips On Advocating For Your Child from our panel of Advocates.
- Children's Rights
Coordinators - Qualified AG Bell Association for the Deaf member volunteers throughout
the United States, Canada, India, and Mexico who work to ensure that children and
adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing get the support and educational opportunities
that they need.
- If Dr. Seuss Had A Special Child
Survivor - Have you survived your child's latest IEP/504 team meeting?
If so, then here is an image I've designed just for you.
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Overheard in one of the parent support lists I belong to:
>>You know what the road to hell is paved with!
Exciting news - there is an iPhone App called IEP Checklist. I just
wish I would have had something like this when JD was young enough for IEPs.
IEP Checklist is a tool for parents and teachers to consider as
they develop the IEP. Not every item on the checklist is required by
special education regulations. For more information, consult the Federal
regulations and other information that can be found at
http://idea.ed.gov. To learn more,
PEATC or type IEP Checklist in the iPhone App store.
IEP Forms - It is often helpful to be able to see what
forms your state uses in the IEP process or to use them to help you prepare for
addressing your child's needs during the team meeting. To find a link to the
website where you can download your state's IEP forms (almost all states), see
the table at
Standards and Assessments on State IEP Forms - by the National Center on
has been brought to my attention that if standardized testing is waived, in
many states it means a certificate is given, not a diploma. Almost all
colleges and universities require a diploma for entrance and won't accept a
certificate. Please check your state regulations before you agree to waive
standardized testing to see if this applies to you or not.
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FYI: Case Law
- what the courts say a law means.
Here is a list of my Most Often Cited
IEP VS 504
LawGuru.Com - Legal Research Site
OSEP - Office of Special
of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 and IDEA 97 Compared
Section 508 Facts - Understanding Section 508 and the Access Board's
Special Education Law - Subscribe to The Special Ed Advocate
Education Law Library
Education Rules and Regulations - Texas
Status of Deaf Child's Bill of Rights Legislation on State by State
Texas Senate Bill 1
United States Department
of Justice Home Page
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information and Privacy
DOT Fact Sheet
Steps Taken to Ensure New Security Requirements Preserve and Respect
the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities
The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the Department of
Transportation's implementing rules prohibit
discriminatory treatment of persons with disabilities in air
transportation. Since the terrorist hijackings and tragic events of
September 11, the Federal Aviation Administration FAA)
has issued directives to strengthen security measures at
airline checkpoints and passenger screening locations. In securing our
national air transportation system, where much of FAA's efforts have been
directed to date, steps were also taken to ensure that the new security
procedures preserve and respect the civil rights of passengers
with disabilities. This Fact Sheet provides information about the
accessibility requirements in air travel in light of strengthened
security measures by providing a few examples of the types of
accommodations and services that must be provided to passengers
with disabilities. The examples listed below are not all-inclusive and
are simply meant to provide answers to frequently asked questions since
September 11 concerning the air travel of people with disabilities.
Air carriers must provide meet and assist service (e.g., assistance
to gate or aircraft) at drop-off points. The lack of curbside check-in,
for certain airlines at some airports, has not changed the requirement for
meet and assist service at drop-off points.
Individuals assisting passengers with disabilities are allowed beyond
the screener checkpoints. These individuals may be required to
present themselves at the airlines' check-in desk and receive a "pass"
allowing them to go through the screener checkpoint without a ticket.
Ticketed passengers with their own oxygen for use on the ground are
allowed beyond the screener checkpoints
with their oxygen canisters once the canisters have been thoroughly
inspected. If there is a request for oxygen at the gate for a qualified
passenger with a disability, commercial oxygen
providers are allowed beyond the screener checkpoints with oxygen
canisters once the canisters have been thoroughly inspected.
Commercial oxygen providers may be required to present themselves
at the airlines' check-in desk and receive a
"pass" allowing them to go through the screener
checkpoint without a ticket.
The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag (e.g., purse or
briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to medical supplies
and/or assistive devices. Passengers with
disabilities generally may carry medical
equipment, medications, and assistive devices on board the
All persons allowed beyond the screener checkpoints may be searched. This
will usually be done through the use of a hand-held metal
detector, whenever possible. Passengers may also be patted down during
security screenings, and this is even more likely if the passenger
uses a wheelchair and is unable to stand up.
Private screenings remain an option for persons in wheelchairs.
Service animals, once inspected to ensure prohibited items are
not concealed, are permitted on board an aircraft. Any backpack or
sidepack that is carried on the animal will be manually inspected or put
through the X-ray machines. The service animal's halter may also be
removed for inspection.
Assistive devices such as walking canes, once inspected to ensure
prohibited items are not concealed, are permitted on board an
aircraft. Assistive devices such as augmentative communication devices and
Braille'N Speaks will go through the same sort of security
screening process as used for personal computers.
Syringes are permitted on board an aircraft once it is determined that
the person has a documented medical need for the syringe.
Personal wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters may still be used
to reach departure gates after they are inspected to ensure that they do
not present a security risk. Any backpack or sidepack that is carried on
the wheelchair will be manually inspected or put through the X-ray
Personal wheelchairs will still be allowed to be stowed on board an
Air carriers must ensure that qualified individuals with a disability,
including those with vision or hearing impairments, have timely
access to information, such as new security
measures, the carriers provide to
other passengers. For example, on flights to Reagan Washington National
Airport, persons are verbally warned to use the restrooms more than
a half an hour before arrival since after that point in time passengers
are required to remain in their seats. Alternative formats are necessary
to ensure that all passengers, especially deaf persons, understand new
security measures such as the one at Reagan Washington National.
We hope this information is helpful to you. Members of the public, who
feel they have been the subject of discriminatory actions or treatment by
air carriers, may file a complaint by sending an
email, a letter, or a completed complaint form
to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD).
ACPD's e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org and its mailing
address is: Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Room 4107, C-75, Washington, DC 20590. Complaint
forms that consumers may download and/or print are available at
Issued on 10/29/01 by the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for
Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and its Aviation Consumer
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First I would like to say a little something about
what these letters are, and what they are not. Some of them have been
written to be "fill in the blank" type, but not all of them.
Some of these are slight modifications of actual letters that have
been sent in behalf of a child. These are not meant to be cookie
cutter letters but are instead meant to give you an idea on how to
structure your own letters.
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