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    Hi All,
    I am glad I found this forum. I've been searching for forums like this one for a good hour now and found this one.
    Anyway, I have several concerns. My daughter has some vision developmental issues, audio processing issues, potentially some dyslexia, and maybe other developmental delays. This all sound like she is doing poorly in school. But she is not. I attribute her success to me giving her extra reading and math assignments. She is actually, one of the top students. All the problems I stated above comes from her being randomly clumsy and not remembering things that I know she knows. I have confirmed her issues above by a learning specialist.

    Now comes my concern. I have requested from her school to have her tested by the school district audiologist and vision therapist. I have gotten some response but not the ones I want which is for her to be tested. Response, I've gotten is that she needs to be seen by the school psychologist first etc. Anyway, it has been over one month now since I've made the request for her to be tested.

    My other concern is that she has a permit to go to this school district and that next year, they may not accept her to go to that district because her needs.

    I hope someone can chime in on my situation.
    Frank

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    Hi Frank,
    Well first of all the squeeky wheel gets the oil. I'm not suggesting to be rude but definitely to be consistant. If they re not getting back to you, I would keep calling. Alott.
    Also, you might want to get a appointment with a developmental ped or even your regular pediatrician and have them write a report with their findings and bring that to school as well.
    As far as the permit goes, I don't know. Where do you live? I am in New Jersey and if your school district can't provide what your child needs, they are required to send them out and pay for it.
    I usually put everything in writing to a letter to the supervisr of specia ed or woever I am dealing with and cc anyone involved. They have to respond in writing to you in a certain mount of days and then you also have everything in writing.
    good luck!I hope some of this helps you.
    Julie

    Hi All,
    I am glad I found this forum. I've been searching for forums like this one for a good hour now and found this one.
    Anyway, I have several concerns. My daughter has some vision developmental issues, audio processing issues, potentially some dyslexia, and maybe other developmental delays. This all sound like she is doing poorly in school. But she is not. I attribute her success to me giving her extra reading and math assignments. She is actually, one of the top students. All the problems I stated above comes from her being randomly clumsy and not remembering things that I know she knows. I have confirmed her issues above by a learning specialist.

    Now comes my concern. I have requested from her school to have her tested by the school district audiologist and vision therapist. I have gotten some response but not the ones I want which is for her to be tested. Response, I've gotten is that she needs to be seen by the school psychologist first etc. Anyway, it has been over one month now since I've made the request for her to be tested.

    My other concern is that she has a permit to go to this school district and that next year, they may not accept her to go to that district because her needs.

    I hope someone can chime in on my situation.
    Frank[/QUOTE]
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    Delaware SpEd Teacher is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Go to Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy and get an education about how to advocate for your daughter. Use their form to request a special needs evaluation IN WRITING. By law the district has 45 school days or 90 calendar days to complete the the evaluation. You should also get a copy of the evaluation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delaware SpEd Teacher View Post
    Go to Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy and get an education about how to advocate for your daughter. Use their form to request a special needs evaluation IN WRITING. By law the district has 45 school days or 90 calendar days to complete the the evaluation. You should also get a copy of the evaluation.
    I would reemphasize everything she's said here, especially putting your request in writing. If it isn't in writing, the school district is more likely to ignore the request.

    Also, as the prior responder indicated, if it's a public school district then the school district canNOT deny your child an education. Whether or not they provide a viable education is a whole different story, but they must allow her to attend school.

    Also, check out Fetaweb.org (From Emotions to Advocacy) to help you learn how to become an effective advocate for your child.

    Hope that helps!

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    I would add that if you have trouble getting the school to comply, find a special education advocate in your area. The Wrightslaw website has a "Yellow Pages for Kids" section that lists advocates in various parts of the country. I am often asked by parents to act in that capacity. Since I speak the special ed language and understand all the acronyms, I am not as easily intimidated as a parent often can be. If you have made the request for testing, it ought to have been done by now. What is going on with your situation?

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