Coming soon. The best way for communities to serve the disability community is to include the disability community in their governance. For communities, a Commission on Disabilities, similar to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, can really considered the unique needs and concerns of the twenty percent (or more) of their population who have…

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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 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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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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“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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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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