Originally Posted by BonnieNova
I think in this case it covers self interest. They kept mentioning how they are not "required" to help unless DS's issues would cause problems in a preschool setting.
I took that to mean that they are trying to prevent any issues in school, not help my DS. Even the psychologist said that he could use the help, but she didn't know how to "sell" it to the school district because he didn't fit into any of the special needs categories. I feel that the evaluators didn't want to look bad to the school board.
Thanks for the links. May I ask what OHI stands for?
That is what the law is intended to cover, though I would think they would say he did not qualify instead of repeatedly saying they're not "required" to offer services. OHI means "Other Health Impaired" under IDEA, for which PDD-NOS should qualify (I think--I would expect a detailed explanation from them if they said it didn't). If you have not shown the neurologist's report to them, I'd consider it; or ask the neuro for a summary of the report geared to the school and how your ds' issues will affect learning. They don't have to take a private eval over their own, but if there is a conflict and your ds is denied services I think you can appeal and they may have to pay for an outside eval (from what I have read, I don't have personal experience with this part). "From Emotions to Advocacy" details this type of thing in one place (though most of it is probably on their website); the e-version of this book is cheaper.
I don't have time to find the actual law right now, but the link below is a summary of IDEA:
The categories of disabilities are; autism, deaf/blind, deafness, hearing impaired, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment including blindness, and other health impairment. To be eligible, a student must have a disability that adversely affects her or his educational performance and must need special education in order to receive an appropriate education.
Under IDEA/IEP, if your child has a disability that adversely affects educational performance, your child is entitled to an education that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and from which your child receives educational benefit.
A 504 is helping your child get the same education that everyone else is getting--more for a student that needs accommodations to help them learn (like sitting next to the teacher) or for behavior, and that they are not punished for things that they cannot control due to the ADHD (like needing to work standing up or not sit inside a group).
[A IEP or 504 is not an escalation or punishments for the teacher/school. It's more about getting all appropriate parties involved and on the same page. The student, parent/legal guardian, teachers, principals, Pupil Services administrators, support staff (i.e. nurse, counselor, psychologist, language/speech pathologist) as well as the student's physician or therapist may be involved in the placement process including the 504 meeting.]
Key Differences Between Section 504, the ADA, and the IDEA.
Edited by Emmeline II - 9/24/11 at 10:56am