If you have a child with autism going into school, there are certain programs in place to support you and your child. These programs will vary from district to district, so make sure you are knowledgeable about your child’s educational rights.
Learn from attorneys Ben Glass and Joan Proper as they discuss special education law in Virginia and the type of legal assistance parents should seek out.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Parents should be aware of their child’s disability designation, as it can change as the child grows and other potential issues develop.
- Parents should not feel embarrassed or ashamed about asking for help from state programs; that’s what the programs are in place for.
- Parents should also be aware of the last time their child was formally evaluated by a school or private institution.
- School testing may only cover what is needed to get through school, while a private institution may provide insight on needs further on in life. Private testing is expensive, but is sometimes covered through insurance.
- Most school systems will ask that a child in middle school or high school start attending their own IEP meetings. They can help inform parents and school staff what sorts of things work for them.
- IEPs should specify not just goals, but the child’s current status. This helps track progress and provides measurable, tangible evidence of growth.
Professional advice can be a useful tool to navigate the school system for parents of autistic children. Schedule a consultation with Ability Life Solutions to set up your child’s educational game plan so that you feel confident and prepared.