Steven Isham a Special Education Teacher and child advocate for 39 years; 1975 to Present
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Over my career I have participated in or supervised hundreds of Special Education meetings. The Special Education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires school districts to provide the Parental Rights and Procedural Safeguards at the “Fully Informed Consent” standard. And yet the speed of the meeting, the language, vocabulary, and acronyms used make it nearly impossible to achieve that high standard.
Parents rarely understand the “full” consequences of these life altering decisions they are required to make regarding their child’s education and services. To make an informed decision Parents must be able to understand “all” aspects of the process as well as the risks and benefits of Special Education services and placement. If they do not understand the language then the clearly do not understand and are certainly not fully informed. They are at a disadvantage.
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