As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help.
Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means — it’s time to prepare for your child’s IEP or 504 plan meeting.
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an old pro, it’s always a good idea to get your game plan ready ahead of time.
To help alleviate the stress that can go along with IEP meetings, here’s a roundup of some useful resources that can strengthen your IEP/504 plan toolkit and...
Deciding to experience an abundant life allows for the fewest regrets in the end
Many years ago, when the physician said that my son Joe, who had type 1 spinal muscular atrophy, perhaps would live until 2 years old, I went into “Rambo mode,” ready to attack anything that got close enough to harm him.
But as the years went by and Joe’s health held stable, I silently vowed I would do my best to allow him to live outside the sterile little bubble I had created around him.
Below are some additional resources to help parents get the most they can out of the IEP process.
State and federal law requires school districts to provide assistive technology (AT) and specialized instruction for learning disabilities (LD) to qualifying students.
But parents may have a difficult time convincing their school districts that these services will benefit their child.
Parents stand a better chance of getting special services if they know what to ask for, why they’re asking for it...
Tips for building effective IEPs and improving your child’s educational experience
Whether it’s your first Individualized Educational Plan or your 10th, it never hurts to add some valuable tips to your IEP toolkit. Here are words of advice from parents and experts.
Parents heading into their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings at school this spring should keep in mind a few changes made in 2004 to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
IDEA is the federal law guaranteeing children with disabilities access to a public education. IDEA 2004 has added emphasis on preparing children for life after school, having high expectations...