Education Advocacy for Physicians: Ensuring patient access to appropriate educational programming and services. Training Objectives. Understand basic educational rights Learn to screen patients for educational issues
What can you do?
Cognitive Disability Improvement Act (IDEIA)
Hearing impairments, deafness
Speech or language impairments
Visual impairments, blindness
Traumatic brain injury
Other Health Impairment – includes chronic or acute health problems like a heart condition, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, epilepsy, asthma, ADD, ADHD, etc.Disabling Conditions under IDEIA
Children age 0 to 3 may be entitled to Early Intervention services or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) if experiencing developmental delays in:
Diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delaySpecial Education Eligibility cont.
Dear Special Education Coordinator/Principal/Counselor,
I am writing to request that my child, child name, child date of birth, be evaluated for eligibility for special education services. I am the parent/legal guardian of child name. My child attends name of school.
I suspect that my child has a disability and may be in need of special education services because state the reasons for believing that your child may have a disability and need special education services. (If there are any supporting outside diagnostic assessments or medical records, reference here and attach to this letter.)
I understand that you have thirty days to respond to this request by either 1). meeting with me to obtain my informed consent for the multi-factored evaluation and to complete an Evaluation Team Report planning form, or 2) by providing me with a prior written notice indicating the district’s refusal to initiate the evaluation, the reasons for the refusal, and informing me of my right to challenge the refusal to evaluate.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter further, please contact me at phone number. The best time to reach me is state a time that you are usually available by phone.
Sincerely, Parent/Guardian Name
Allison, a 9-year-old patient with diabetes, comes to your office. She was found ineligible under IDEIA. Allison’s mother is worried that Allison’s school is not letting her drink juice when she feels she needs it and is limiting her opportunity to check her blood sugar.
What should you do?
A form of discipline which prohibits a student from attending classes for up to 10 consecutive days. Can be in school or out of school.
May be used to remove a student for more than 10 days when serious violations of the disciplinary code occur. A student may be expelled for up to 1 year if the student brings a firearm or knife to the school. Under rare circumstances, a student can be permanently excluded from Ohio public schools (i.e. for murder or a deadly weapon on school property).
“Abandoned in the Back Row, New Lessons in Education and Delinquency Prevention” Coalition for Juvenile Justice (2001)