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Are you wondering if Special Education Services are a good fit for your child this next school year? Are you confused about the process? This article is aimed at answering these basic questions:
What is an IEP? Does my child need an IEP? How do I get my child an IEP? What are the differences between an IEP and a 504 plan? What are my rights as a parent? Who can help me with this process?
What is an IEP?
An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. This is a written document that states a child’s current education performance level and an individualized plan focused on meeting the child’s needs within the school environment. This document should include instruction, goals, specific services to be received, a list of staff members who will carry out these services, the standards and timelines for evaluating progress, and the amount and degree to which the child will participate with typically developing peers
in a “mainstream” classroom setting. An IEP is required for all children eligible for special education by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is federal law. An IEP should be developed by the child’s parent and the professionals who evaluated the child and/or will be providing services to the child.
Does my child need an IEP?
If your child is academically behind in his/her classes, has trouble with content comprehension, is easily distracted, acts out in class, learns differently than other students and/or requires classroom accommodations, your child may benefit from special education services.
How do I get my child an IEP?
In order for students to receive special education services they must be found eligible under special education law. Eligibility is determined by an evaluation process. Before the school district can evaluate a child, the district must obtain the parent’s written informed consent. This means that if you want to have your child evaluated for special education services, you must put the request in writing! A school district does not have to act on a verbal request. Once a written request is made, the school district must complete the special education evaluation/testing within 60 days, according to federal IDEA law. Once the evaluation is complete, the school will contact you to set a meeting to go over the results of the evaluation. The school must provide parents with a copy of the evaluation report and a written documentation of eligibility. If your child is eligible for special education services, the next step is the creation of the IEP. It is important for parents to understand the evaluation results before beginning to develop the IEP. Parents should request a copy of the evaluation report summary before the initial IEP meeting and ask to have the results explained to them in plain language by a professional from the school. An IEP should be developed through collaboration between the school and the parent. Beware of school districts that have an IEP drafted before the initial meeting and simply ask the parent to sign the document at the meeting! The parent should be involved in the creation of this document! Once this initial meeting takes place, there should be an annual review staffing for the first two years and a triennial staffing the third year. There may also be additional review meetings as needed. As a parent you have a right to attend all meetings and request additional review meetings if you feel they are needed.
What are the differences between and IEP and a 504 plan?
A 504 Plan comes from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This is a civil rights law rather than a special education law. This act protects the rights of all persons with disabilities from discrimination. The definition of a “handicapping condition” under Section 504 is much broader than the definition of a disability under IDEA. Therefore, a student could qualify for services under Section 504 and not qualify under IDEA. To qualify under Section 504 a person must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities; have record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. Under Section 504, a person’s physical or mental impairment must have a substantial limitation on one or more major life activities. These activities include caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working and learning. If a student is found to be eligible under Section 504, a written plan called a Section 504 Accommodation Plan will be developed. This plan must outline the services, accommodations, and modifications required by the school to afford the
student learning opportunities equal to those of students who do not have a disability. Every school has a 504 coordinator and a 504 team that is separate from the special education team.
What are my rights as a parent?
· You have the right to free and appropriate public education for your child in the school setting that allows the most contact with typically developing children while still meeting the unique needs of your child.
· You have the right to be fully informed of your rights by the school.
· You have the right to request an evaluation for special education services if you feel your child needs and could benefit from these services.
· You have the right to have your child tested in his/her primary language.
· You have the right to an independent evaluation if you disagree with the results of the school’s evaluation.
· You have the right to be notified any time the school wishes to evaluate your child or change your child’s placement according to the IEP. You also have a right to be notified any time the school denies your request for an evaluation or change in your child’s placement.
· You have the right to participate in the development of your child’s IEP. You have a right to attend all IEP review meetings. The school must make every effort to notify you of meetings and to schedule these meetings at a time and place that is convenient for you.
· The school must re-evaluate your child every three years, but you have the right to request a re-evaluation at any time.
You have the right to review and have a copy of all of your child’s records. You have the right to request that information about your child in his/her school records be changed or information be
added that you feel is important to the education of your child.
Who can help me with this process?
· The Arcs in Colorado: 1-800-333-7690 http://www.thearccofco.org
The Arc provides advocates who will attend IEP meetings with you. The Arc of Colorado has a list of statewide Arcs on their website
· EMPOWER Colorado: 1-800-881-8272 http://www.empowercolorado.com
Support, education and advocacy for parents
· Family Voices: 303-733-3000 http://www.familyvoices.org
Advocacy , parent assistance in navigating health care systems for children with special needs
· Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: coloradofederation.org
Promotes mental health for all children, youth and families
· Parent to Parent of Colorado: 1-877-472-7201 http://www.p2p-co.org
One to one parent matching. Up-to-date information and referral
· PEAK- Colorado’s Parent Training and Information Center: 1-800-284-0251 http://www.peakparent.org
Parent advisors who provide information about the special education process and parents’ rights
· PEP- Parents Encouraging Parents: 303-866-6846 http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/PEP.asp
Brings together parents and professionals for education on supporting your child in the school and the community
Article by: Gina Shuster, LSW
Welcome! Please spend a minute reading the following – it is worth your while!
You may have been consuming drugs for health – but getting sickly more and more? Did you ever think why? Drugs don’t cure! Do you know that? They only relieve or control..! Medicines alone help cure! Actually Body & Mind can completely cure themselves with the right kind of help. Do you know the actual difference between a drug and a medicine? Contrary to the normal belief that they are synonyms (same) – they are actually antonyms (opposite). Drugs take away control of your body & mind from You! Medicines reverse this and restore the control back to You!
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Drug: A drug is a chemical substance that takes control of your body or mind depending on its own inherent nature. For example – when you take a sleeping pill, it puts you to sleep no matter how much you want to be awake! It rules over your body & mind. You can repeat this exercise many times – and you will experience the same every time.
It does not stop there! Subsequently when you want to sleep, it will make your body ask for the pill again. As you start yielding to its demand, it will keep asking progressively for more and more pills for the same amount of sleep while reducing the quality of sleep! You will finally end up in a state that – unless you have many pills each time – you simply cannot have even normal sleep – which is so natural to all living creatures. By now you have become totally a slave to that pill. Pill is the lord & master! This state is called drug dependence. Your life will not be under your control – but the drug.
Same is the case with a pain killer. Pain killer does not resolve the core problem of trauma. It makes you forget it (not feel it) for some temporary period of hours. Pain will reappear shortly as the cause of pain is not addressed and remains unresolved – you will again be forced to seek the help of a pain killer. This process will progress slowly and steadily asking for larger and larger dosage every time. Pain killer becomes the master and you the slave again!
The story is no different with pills for Hypertension (BP) or Diabetes or any other diseases. An acute condition becomes chronic and you are the permanent victim.
All drugs finally create market for more number of new drugs to counteract and compensate for their ill effects! Your body will end up becoming the warehouse of different dumped drugs – and they will not simply sit there – but harm immensely.
Drug takes away control of your body & mind from you – to dictate your life!
Medicine: Medicine is the substance that helps restore “normalcy” to your body & mind. Normalcy is actually nothing but your volitional control over your own body & mind. Hence its action can be seen to be the exact opposite of the drug. The proof of that helpful action of medicine is – that you will never require a medicine compulsively, threatening discomfort and danger when not taken on time. Have you seen the cases of patients of – Diabetes & BP – resulting in other terrible complications when the prescription drug is not taken on time every day? This is because the control is with the drugs here.
But in the case of medicines – control over your body & mind is normally handed back to you – with a little bit of help from the right medicine. Medicine has very close similarity with food & rest in its basic action.
For example: When you are thirsty or dehydrated – you cannot function normally! Then pure water works like medicine. When you are hungry or famished – simple food works like medicine. When you are tired & fatigued – normal sleep works like medicine. Medicines are generally harmless when there is no excess or abuse.
The key factor is restoration of normalcy –or- the functional ability!
All substances can be made to work in 3-planes …viz … Food, Medicine or Poison!
Let me give an example. Common table salt (sodium chloride) is food and a taste enhancer. It is also a life saver in cases of dehydration as a part of saline water. Mind you – it can kill too in cases of Hypertension! How come – it is the same substance? Yes! The difference is how is it taken and how much.
When food is made to act like a medicine – there are normally no adverse side-effects! This is the boon of VedaCeuticals® a new science & technology! VedaCeuticals® is the important and integral part of Holistic Health.
You can be self sufficient – and there by self dependent. If you have the will & resolve – we have the know-how & do-how. All that you need is to make up your mind and ask – and we will provide all the wisdom that we have gained – the hard way!
Maybe you saw the movie or read the book. These are extraordinary people for certain, but a fellow Zumateer (Katya) aptly said to me, “We are all horse whisperers.” I have observed Katya as she ground works horses and wished I had the “gift.” She has kindly given me pointers and a short round penning lesson. My interest was piqued, so when Diego came to Zuma’s with ground lessons, I eagerly joined his class. Everything about my relationship with horses has changed.
Grooming and preparing my horse to ride was always a means to an end. All I wanted was to get on and ride. To be sure, I love the smell and feel of the barn and horses, but riding was the ultimate goal. So much has changed since I have been introduced to ground training by Katya and Diego. Connection and trust with these wonderful, powerful animals is amazing; and, we all can experience this from the ground.
As riders we learn our horse’s language, and we can detect the slightest change in demeanor from atop his/her back or by observing body cues from the ground. Great. Even better is the experience of teaching and working with the same horse on the ground. Feeling the relationship with your horse change from detached boss/employee to trusted leader/partner is incomparable.
Now when I ride, my horse is more confident in me, as I am in her. Ground lessons have brought about this change. Seeing this same confidence in an inexperienced horseperson or child, who is timid and afraid with horses or in life, makes the statement even stronger. That which we learn on the ground with our horse transfers to our riding experience and to life relationships and behaviors.
We all can whisper to our horses. Diego can teach you, too, whether you are a rider or not. Make the connection and learn about relationships through a horse.
Contributed by Sally Loan ~ Horse Whisperer in Training
June 2011 Spotlight
Lindsey Spears ~ Superior Weed Wacking Ability
Amanda Sapir~ Outstanding Organizational Skills
Sally loan~ Camp Counselor Extrodinaire
Nikki Grover~ Mane Event Committee Life Saver
Vickeye Strobel-Theresa Johnson-Shirley Treichel
Gardeners with Green Thumbs
Mike Worcester~ Master of the Mower
None of what we do for Children and Horses would be possible without the selfless efforts of these and all of Zuma’s Volunteers
◆ 2011 Grants Awarded to Zuma’s Rescue Ranch
◆ ASPCA Grant 4/2011 $600.00 Grant to travel to the Animal Care Expo in Orlando Florida
This grant funded a portion of an educational journey into the world of Animal Rescue and Care
◆ Animal Assistance Foundation 5/2011 $2,500.00 Grant funding our work with the Animal/ Human Therapies
This grant will fund programs costs for our Equine Assisted Learning Programs
◆ Phillip S. Miller Award 5/2011 $10,000.00 Grant Funding our Equine Assisted Learning Program
This Grant takes Zuma’s into 2012 with funding for our Children and Families Experiential Learning Programs
◆ Penny Harvest Grant 5/2011 $200.00 from Sagewood Middle School Students to sponsor a child in our program
This grant will sponsor 1/2 of a troubled child’s summer camp
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Wow is Zuma’s growing…. this weekend as crazy as it was is becoming more common place for our Rescue Ranch.
Zuma’s was in attendance at Radio Disney’s “All Kids Expo” at the Denver Convention Center Saturday and Sunday
Saturday Jodi and Paul manned the booth and Sunday DU interns Erin, Michelle, Dana and Program Director Gina Manned the booth
18,000 projected visitors for this event, Great Exposure for Zuma’s
Zuma’s was host to Anna Twinney’s Holistic Horse Day Event Sunday March 6th where 25 eager minds were in attendance to learn from the master of the language of Equines. Great event and wonderful opportunity for Zuma’s to host good horse folks
Zuma’s Held the First Sunday Volunteer Training combined with Grooming Training to a packed house of 32 new volunteers eager to learn how to become part of Zuma’s team, AKA “Zumateer” Blessed are we to have so much interest in our mission to help kids and horses.
Great Way to Start 2011
Way to kick of the new year with our first of what I hope to be many Grant Awards! The generous and supportive team at The Kenneth King Foundation have now supported Zuma’s Mission two years in a row! Please take a look at the great work this organization is supporting!