The IEP team, which includes the parents, is the group that decides which supplementary aids and services a child needs to support his or her access to and participation in school.
With that said, parents be willing to stand your ground! Although you must work with the school system you do not have to agree.
Supplementals through IDEA are:
Adapted equipment such as a special seat or sippy cup
Assistive technology such as a word processor, specialized computer softward or a communication device
Training for staff, student and /or parents
A one-to-one aide
Adaptive Materials - books on tape, large print, highlighted notes
Collaboration/consultation amoung staff, parents and other professionals
Make sure that what is suggested is WRITTEN into the IEP!
Supports for School Staff are:
Attending a conferance or training related to the child's needs
Getting help from another staff member or administrative person
Having and aide in the classroom
Getting special equipment or teaching materials
Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology services
Physical & Occupational Therapy
Recreation, including Theraputic Recreation
Early Identification and assessment of disabilities in children
Counseling Services, including Rehabilitation counseling
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH NONDISABLED PEERS. General Education is the best way to involve your child with other children. They are able to see proper behavior in the classroom and learn by
IF your child is removed from the general education classroom for any part of the day, the IEP team must include in the IEP an explantation for the child's nonparticipation.
As far as State Wide Testing
IDEA requires that students do take part in testing. Students with disabilities should have as much involvement in the general curriculum as possible. It is up to the team what modification the child will receive.
Eliminating part of the test
Extra time on the test
If the test is read to the child etc.....