5 Points Students With Disabilities Should Know about Their IEPs (Repost from IAcheiveLearning.com)

This week’s repost from iAchieveLearning.com outlines the big ideas students with disabilities should understand about their IEPs.


5 Points Students With Disabilities Should Know about Their IEPs (Repost from IAcheiveLearning.com)

One thought on “5 Points Students With Disabilities Should Know about Their IEPs (Repost from IAcheiveLearning.com)

  1. Jeff I like this post, especially the part about keeping the child informed. I am a beliver in children’s rights, in transparency, and in right fo full disclosure of information. It might be a good idea to give students an overview of the history of disability rights in the context of human rights as a whole, and precisely where we each as individuals fit in. This would include remarkable advances in the United Nations since 1948 protecting all humans against torture, including and especially force, since those perceived as disabled are often subject to cruelty worldwide. I am amazed at the level of empowerment a person feels when they realize they are a part of a Movement. Of course this might have to be explained at the level the child can understand and appreciate the most. Not above, but certainly not below.

    I am personally concerned about social othering, perhaps sometimes referred to as “excluding” caused by accommodations, which as you say, are intended to do just the opposite. My guess is that this happens when schools are sloppy about adhering to the ADA. For example, say a child is injured in a bicycle crash and then is allowed to miss gym and all his classes are on the ground floor or accessible by elevator for the next year. This is the accommodation. However, the school cannot now stick out its neck and impose social workers, counseling, extra tutoring, a transit van, home visits, or any other accommodation on the child he didn’t ask for and doesn’t need.

    Recently, I inquired rather informally about accommodations at an academic situation and was shocked to see that the Disabilities Officer didn’t seem to be aware of the law. However, he was reading questions to me that were off some form he had. So this form they had was somehow not legal. I had to stop him, being fully aware that his questioning me regarding irrelevant disabilities was against the ADA. I double-checked with attorneys as well, who confirmed that I was correct. I said nothing to the DO, but instead, told him to wipe our record clean and that I would not like any accommodations at all. I felt that I didn’t want to lie, but at the same time, I had the right to keep my business to myself if it had no relevance to academic performance.


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