Tag Archives: Least Restrictive Environment

39. Understanding Chain of Command, Structure and Written Policy

Often parents will experience frustration because they have identified a problem, carefully documented the course of events, and then failed to achieve resolution because they sought enforcement from the wrong person or agencies. It is important understand what policies or … Continue reading

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28. Collaboration! It’s The Right Thing To Do!

Imagine an IEP meeting where everyone is in agreement.  A meeting where the only time money is mentioned is when the group thanks you for buying the snacks you brought with you.  Imagine a meeting where you feel good about … Continue reading

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26. Mr. Hawke’s Top Ten

Many years ago I created what I call Mr. Hawke’s top ten. I think they still hold true today and felt compelled to share them once again.  Reflections of the ESE Policeman 1) The first step of the journey requires dealing … Continue reading

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25. Sometimes Parents Feel Excluded Too!

Over a prolonged period of time the relationship between schools and parents of children with disabilities has become adversarial.  I believe this continues because some parents pass along the negative history they experienced to others, convincing them the only way to … Continue reading

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22. And Off He Went … To College!

We had survived middle school relatively unscathed.  He had those fresh out of college teachers who were excited about their profession and so eager to teach.  My son really benefited from being there.  He entered high school continuing on with … Continue reading

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19. They Called me … The Kid

I was beginning to become recognized as a resource for all parents of children with disabilities.  In my interactions with parents I learned about a wide variety of disabilities and how they impacted children’s access to an education.   ( Specific … Continue reading

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18. Persistence, Interpretation and Acronyms!

I had made some changes in policy and services in my community applying things I had read and learned from others.  My son had settled in and all the other children with hearing impairments had been placed in age and grade … Continue reading

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16. OCR Investigation Is Complete. Back to The Neighborhood School!

The day finally arrived when I went to the mailbox and peered inside to find a fat letter with a return address from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Atlanta, Georgia.  I opened it and began to read.  OCR … Continue reading

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10. Giving In Was Not An Option.

Finally in the mail a response to the complaint.  I had prevailed on the Least Restrictive Environment issue.  (http://nichcy.org/schoolage/iep/iepcontents/participation)  As a result my son began moving out of the self-contained classroom and back into the regular education classrooms for portions … Continue reading

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8. Denial of Least Restrictive Environment

My first attempt at filing a state complaint was to try to find a way to get my son returned to his neighborhood school. (http://nichcy.org/schoolage/disputes/statecomplaint#summary)  His placement in the special school program was in a self-contained classroom. When he finally … Continue reading

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