The area of Special Education Law is complex, but very important. You and your child have rights. Your child, even before they are school aged, may be entitled to services from your school district and/or accommodations in the classroom. You are your child’s best advocate, and often, you may know better than anyone when your child needs help.
No child should fail. No child should hate school.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 children have Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a common learning difference that is often undiagnosed. In fact, there is a growing trend among school districts to flat out refuse to diagnose Dyslexia. School districts are openly claiming they “don’t believe in Dyslexia” or take the cop out that they are unable to diagnose Dyslexia because it is a medical condition. This intentional refusal is a major detriment to your child. If you find yourself dealing with one of these school districts, call our office.
If you want to learn more about Dyslexia, about the common signs of Dyslexia and about the specific intervention your child needs if she or he is Dyslexic, there are several informative websites like Understood.org , Headstrong Nation, and the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Follow Leah on Twitter for up to date articles & research on Special Education Law.
If your child has an IEP or 504 plan and you are having issues with the school refusing to implement your plan or if your school is trying to disqualify your child, this is a helpful article on smart responses for you, as a parent advocate.
If educators are telling you to wait a while to give your child time to “catch up,” press on. Be that parent. Don’t settle. Don’t wait. Time is precious.