Living with Spina Bifida: School-Aged Children
Starting school brings children into regular contact with the larger world. Friendships become important and physical, social, and mental skills develop rapidly during this time. Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure and make better choices.
This is an important time for children to become more responsible and independent. This is also a good time to start exploring potential lifetime interests such as hobbies, music, or sports. Developing independence can be challenging for people affected by spina bifida. It is important to begin working on this process early in childhood.
Do Colleges Have to Follow IEPs or 504 Plans?
by Elizabeth Hamblet, LDAdvisory.com
It's easy to understand why there is so much confusion about whether colleges have to follow the IEPs or Section 504 plans that students had in high school.
If you look at the text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law that provides for IEPs, or at Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), you won't find any wording that explicitly says that students' plans "expire" or come to an end when students graduate from high school (or "age out" of the system).
The services in a student's IEP and/or a high school level Section 504 Plan end when the student graduates from high school.
Colleges may use these plans to help in decision making but they are not required to follow the requirements of these plans. But this doesn't mean colleges don't offer accommodations to eligible students.
Colleges often provide the same or similar accommodations if the accommodations are typically available at the college level, such as extended time for exams and permission to use a laptop for note-taking.
Another point is that students are not guaranteed services at college simply because they had a 504 plan or IEP in high school. To receive accommodations, the college must find the student eligible for services.
We were all very happy to hear about the Governor’s announcement that the state moved to Phase 3
on September 11. Similarly, EarlySteps will be releasing the details by which the phasing in of home visits will occur. The steps will include prioritization of families who may have refused or may not have been able to participate in services via teletherapy, updating needs via virtual team meetings to review IFSPs, limits to the number of home visits allowed per day, and updated telephone screening and
infection control procedures. The service model will continue to consist of a combination of home, child care, and teletherapy visits. Be looking for the new guidance to be shared by your regional coordinator prior to implementing any service delivery changes to ensure that the requirements are strictly followed
to minimize the risk of spread to children, families, and providers.
Related to Hurricane Laura--we are attempting to locate as many evacuated/relocated families as possible to assist with resources and determine their interest and ability in resuming services where they are now. Please contact FSCs if you locate a family who needs assistance. Also, regarding families
who evacuated out of state, they may continue receive services via teletherapy, but providers who are licensed must check with their respective licensing boards in those states to determine how that state’s licensing requirements apply to out of state service delivery.
Thank you for your patience during the past few months of the pandemic in meeting the needs of children and families,