Over this last year I have unfortunately let the blog lay fallow. I have many excuses such as being busy with teaching (that has now ended) and family obligations, but I am back and happy to report that the I have hired Pam Labellarte, a veteran advocate, to further help students receive a FAPE under IDEIA and 504. She will no doubt also be blogging.
Pam has been involved with:
"Educating and counseling parents as well as attending their child’s Special Education meetings. Providing Disability Awareness presentations to schools, hospitals, physicians offices, corporations, community groups and medical schools · Instructing youth with disabilities, in self advocacy and employment readiness skills."
She is also a parent of 2 young adults with special needs who are in the thick of the transition process. So she brings that personal perspective to the table as well. I am fortunate to have such a caring and experienced advocate to work with families to realize an effective and successful outcome for their students, and to keep me from letting the blog go fallow again.