Model Disability Advisory Commission Resolution

Coming soon. The best way for communities to serve the disability community is to include the disability community in their governance. For communities, a disability advisory commission can be a great way to serve the 20 percent or more of their population who are disabled.

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What the heck is an IEP really?

The boring, technically correct, and not really useful answer – “… the term individualized education program or IEP means a written statement for each child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in a meeting …” (1) Dear Chelsea and Steve – What is an IEP? How does it work? Individual or Individualized? […]

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Should I record my IEP?

Should I audio record my IEP? (Heck) Yes! Always! Dear Chelsea and Steve – is it a good idea for me to record my IEP meeting? Is it legal? The district says that it may “inhibit open discussions”. Pause Button Pressed in Petaluma Check to see if it can be stopped in your state. It […]

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Holding high expectations for all kids will lead to better outcomes

As stated in this article, “[e]xperts believe that the vast majority of students with disabilities — more than 80 percent — can meet the same academic standards as other students, when they have the right support. But right now, only 8 percent of the 6.6 million students with disabilities in U.S. public schools are prepared to […]

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One 15 minute presentation … after school was out

Dear snkids.org supporter! The San Mateo Foster City School District Board of Trustees had its first and only presentation on Special Education for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday 20 June 2019 – after school had ended for the year. We have found through our research that this is a sadly typical scenario for the […]

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No Governance of Us without Us

“Nothing about us without us” has been a rallying cry of the disability rights movement since the 1990s. For Deliberate Democracy for Disability Empowerment, it means something more specific: Disability advisory commissions for cities, counties, and other sizable organizations. Disability and Special Education District Advisory Commissions for school districts. Active recruitment and involvement of disabled […]

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…When good men do nothing

On Tuesday, 16 April 2019, the state of California effectively decided that the San Mateo Foster City School District can hold my son, Geoffrey, back in preschool forever. This is an absurd decision.  We will challenge it – as long and as far and as long as it takes. You will lose eventually. But he […]

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