In This Issue ...
October 16, 2012
Dear Friend & Advocate
Ever heard these statements from the school?
- We can't make exceptions.
- We have never done that before.
- The law says we don't have to do it.
When you advocate for your child, you will meet gatekeepers! Gatekeepers limit the number of children who have access to special education services and the services children can receive.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what to do if you are advocating for a child with a disability and run into a gatekeeper. On "The Lighter Side," find some statements gatekeepers make that are astonishing. Well...maybe not.
Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Gatekeepers! Their Job is to Say "No!"
If you have health insurance through an HMO or managed care firm, you know about gatekeepers.
As you work to develop an appropriate program for your child, you may run into a Gatekeeper whose job is to uphold the “We can’t make exceptions” rule.
Find out the 10 Reasons Why Schools Say No!
Schools Say the Darnedest (Craziest, Meanest, Most Ridiculous...) Things!
Schools telling parents what they don't have to do certainly gives us a unique view of what so many schools are like.
Why can't schools just provide the information a parent needs?
On The Lighter Side, read Schools Say the Darnedest Things!
Why "No" May Not Really Mean "No"
As a parent, have you asked the school to help your child only to have the school dismiss or deny your request? What did you do?
When faced with an arbitrary "no" about an important issue, find out how not to take "no" for an answer...