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  • Self Disclosure in Higher Education: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

    Am I required to tell my school about my disability/How much am I required to tell a school/employer about my disability? Unlike a K-12 school, a postsecondary institution does not have an affirmative obligation to find and serve students with disabilities. Postsecondary schools ...

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  • Self Disclosure in Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

    Am I required/ How much am I required to tell an employer about my disability? The information you must disclose to an employer is dependent on whether you will need accommodations and the nature of those accommodations. Employers are only required to provide reasonable accommoda...

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  • Drafting a Due Process Hearing Request (a parent attorney perspective)

    In the vast majority of situations, parents and school staff work collaboratively to implement an appropriate education for students with disabilities. In the rare situation where the school staff and the parents cannot agree about what an appropriate education is, the Individua...

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  • Four Tips for Building Positive Relationships Between Schools and Parents

    Be careful with email Email can be a useful tool, but it can also cause a lot of problems. With email, you cannot see the person to evaluate body language or facial expressions. It is easy to misread

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  • Nine Meeting Tips for Schools to Help Parents Understand and Build Positive Relationships

    Use plain English and avoid or explain acronyms and technical terms Acronyms and special education jargon are simply part of the district's everyday language, such as FAPE, SDI and ESY. Usually, dist

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  • Seven Meeting Tips for Schools to help Build Positive Relationships with Parents

    Always have something positive to say about the child This point is really important. Too often district staff focus on weaknesses, problems and behaviors. It is important to devote some time to di

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  • Six Tips for Schools To help Build Positive Relationships with Parents

    Be well prepared for meetings Be familiar with the facts and issues. Have the necessary forms and other paperwork ready. Make sure you have enough copies for everybody. When you are not prepared, it

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  • Age of Majority: A Guide for Parents of Individuals with Disabilities - Oregon Guardianship

    Under Oregon law, a guardian is responsible for the following: 1. Except as limited in the court order, the guardian has custody of the protected person and determines where he or she lives. Before a guardian may place an adult protected person in a residential care facility or ...

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  • Age of Majority: A Guide for Parents of Individuals with Disabilities - Washington Guardianship

    Under Washington law, a guardian of the person is responsible to do the following: 1. File, within three months of appointment, a personal care plan for the incapacitated person which includes: a. An assessment of the incapacitated persons physical, mental and emotional needs and...

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  • Age of Majority: A Guide for Parents of Individuals with Disabilities - Finances

    Unless other provisions are made, students with disabilities take on all the rights that come with being a legal adult when they turn 18. These rights include the right to enter into contracts and the right to manage finances (including the making and spending of income and payin...

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