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  • Top 10 Reasons Regular Ed Teachers Attend IEP Meetings (Adapted from original by Kathryn Murdock)

    It’s the LAW! The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that a regular education teacher be present at all IEP meetings if the student will or may participate in any regular edu

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

    Unless other provisions are made, when a student attains the age of 18, years all of the rights previously held under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by the parent transfer to the student. The parent will still receive written notice of meetings and Prior Writt...

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  • Age of Majority: A Guide for Parents of Individuals With Disabilities - Introduction

    When an individual turns 18, regardless of disability, they are legally considered a competent adult. This comes with a wide range of rights and responsibilities including making decisions about education, residence, healthcare, finances, voting, military service, contracts, and ...

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  • Age of Majority: A Guide for Parents of Individuals with Disabilities - Other Life Activities

    Employment Individuals with disabilities vary greatly with respect to their employment needs. Some can function in standard employment with no help or minor accommodations, while others require suppo

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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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  • 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 - 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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