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Understanding and Improving your Child’s Special Education Plan

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Ensuring proper education instruction and opportunity can be an enormous challenge for individuals with special medical needs and their families. Fortunately, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Act) was enacted to require that individuals with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education that is tailored to their individual needs. The IDEA Act requires that all students who qualify are offered an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of that child in the least restrictive environment possible. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also established 504 Plans that can help ensure the school district is implementing proper modifications and accommodations to meet your child’s special education needs in the school environment.

At NCA, we feel it is extremely important to work collaboratively with your child’s school to ensure the best possible educational environment for your child. Many public schools in the US face immense challenges, including underfunding, overcrowding and lack of training. These challenges can create an adversarial relationship between parents and educators. Having an objective, third party to help you advocate during emotional discussions can help create the best outcomes. It is important to understand your rights as a parent and student to ensure your child receives the education they deserve.

While IEPs and 504 plans have specific requirements mandated by the federal government, there can be varying degrees of implementation of these legal obligations by each school system. Our team of Education Consultants here at NCA can complete an Education Plan Assessment of your child’s IEP, 504 plan and other education challenges to:

  • Ensure the plans are well defined and meet the necessary standards and requirements
  • Suggest changes to the plan to increase opportunities for educational growth
  • Provide guidance on how to advocate for your child’s education

If appropriate, NCA can also advocate for other mandated public-school services such as:

  • Extended School Year Services
  • Alternative School Placement
  • Education/Transition Services beyond Grade 12
  • Adaptive technology and equipment

Our Special Education Consultants work collaboratively with our nurse case managers to assist special needs individuals and their family, financial, and legal support team navigate the education system to ensure all children, regardless of ability, are able to achieve academically.  Want to learn more about our services and team? Contact us today to discuss how we can help your child or client reach their potential!