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Old 01-04-2011, 01:36 PM
Location: Bellevue, WA
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You might want to post this on the seperate special needs forum as you'll likely get better responses.

I would indeed pay for a private evaluation if you believe that she has more. A 504 plan just provides accomodations, not direct services as an IEP does, as you are aware. What district are you in? Unfortunately, it's generally the poorer districts that steamroll over the parents as they know they often can't or won't fight back. I'd be far more trusting if it were in a good district, but even then you have to go with your gut.

Is she getting good grades and are her teachers giving you negative feedback? A disability on it's own doesn't qualify you for services - only if it negatively impacts their ability to access the curriculum. Good luck, I know it is frustrating.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:08 PM
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It's my understanding that if you insist on a full evaluation they must give it to you within 90 days. Submit the request in writing and use the official term "full educational evaluation". That would mean a full ed psych, OT, PT, Speech and educational testing would have to be done. After the evaluation, you might have an argument about what services she may or may not need but at that point you still have a right to a free independent evaluation on the school's dime. These are all federally guaranteed rights so it shouldn't matter what district you are in. If they try to tell you otherwise, ask them to show you the statute or their policy that contradicts the IDEA on this and make them defend their position. Odds are they don't have the time/money to do the evaluation but it doesn't mean they don't have to anyway.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:27 PM
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You are absolutely entitled to a free evaluation. That is the law. You may have to fight for services but you can get a free evaluation.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:21 AM
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Pretty sure there is a 30 day maximum time line for the evaluation in NY. Sometimes you have to keep on them.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:21 PM
Location: Sunny Arizona
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There is the Hawthorne Country Day School that accepts children with serious disabilities. I believe that you need to have your district refer your child to their program and they serve children up to age 21.
For people with special needs over the age of 21 I know they run several adult group homes in Westchester and also have adult day programs to learn vocational skills and to interact socially.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:16 PM
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Where is this program?
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:02 PM
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I believe in Hawthorne. They have a pretty good website it you google it.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:02 PM
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Default Special Education in NYS

You might find this publication helpful. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/p...entguide.htm]A Parent's Guide to Special Education
It is explains many of the aspects of using special education services in New York State.
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