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Does a Medical Diagnosis Equal Special Education?

Parents often ask, "My child has a medical diagnosis, does this mean that he/she qualifies for special education services?" The medical diagnosis may be ADHD, a learning disorder, an anxiety disorder, or a whole host of others. The answer for some is "yes" and for others the answer is "no." This may seem frustrating, but let's talk about the why behind that answer and what you can do to help your child.
 
IDEA says that a child with a disability only qualifies if he/she meets one of the disability categories and who by reason thereof, NEEDS special education and related services. In short, does a student have a disability AND does that disability adversely affect his/her access to the curriculum?
 
What can you do if your child has received a medical diagnosis and you feel that he/she may need special education services? First, you could share the diagnosis with your child's school. While the medical diagnosis does not automatically qualify a child for special education and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the diagnosis could be an important piece of information to communicate with the school. This communication will allow the school to consider the diagnosis when evaluating your child and determining how to best meet your child's educational needs. Second, if an evaluation has not been initiated by the school, you could request (in writing) an evaluation for special education and related services. If the school agrees and completes an evaluation, the school will then initiate a meeting to determine whether your child qualifies for special education.
 
If it is determined that your child qualifies for special education, the school will convene a meeting and develop an IEP.  If your child does not qualify for special education under IDEA, the school could also consider whether he/she qualifies for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  As with IDEA, a medical diagnosis does not automatically qualify a child for accommodations under Section 504. However, Section 504 defines "disability" in broad terms and it could be that a child who is not eligible for an IEP may qualify for a 504 Plan.  To qualify for accommodations under Section 504, a student must have "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." As with IDEA, whether your child meets the qualifying definition under Section 504 is a decision for the school and parents (IEP team) to reach together, one which must be based on a comprehensive evaluation.
 
More information regarding Missouri Eligibility Criteria, IEP Evaluation and Timelines, and Section 504 can be found on our website at www.missouriparentsact.org.
Free Special Education Workshops
MPACT Winter Training Schedule
MPACT offers parents and professionals a variety of online and in-person trainings. All trainings are FREE of charge. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your area or organization.

Please register for any of the workshops you would like to attend so we can send you electronic copies of the materials and notify you of any changes in the schedule. You can register here or by clicking the links below.

Northern Missouri Region

Understanding the Evaluation Process
November 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Nodaway County Services
122 E. Lieber St
Maryville, MO 64468

Understanding the IEP Process
November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nodaway County Services
122 E. Lieber St
Maryville, MO 64468
 
Lunch-N-Learn: Art of Effective Advocacy
December 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
YMCA
402 Evergreen St
Cameron, MO 64429
 
IDEA Boot Camp: Art of Effective Advocacy, Special Education Law, Understanding the IEP Process, and Disagreement Resolution Processes
December 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
HOMEBANK of Hannibal
3817 McMasters Ave
Hannibal, MO 63401

Special Education Law
January 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Rolling Hills Community Library
514 W. Main St
Savannah, MO 64485

Art of Effective Advocacy
January 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rolling Hills Community Library
514 W. Main St
Savannah, MO 64485

Kansas City Missouri Region

Ray County Community Resource Fair
November 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
RCBS Dayhab Building
205 W. Main St 
Richmond, MO 64085

Understanding the IEP Process
November 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Easter Seals Midwest: Clay County
1508 Northwest Vivion Rd
Kansas City, MO 64118
 
Art of Effective Advocacy
November 3 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Easter Seals Midwest: Clay County
1508 Northwest Vivion Rd
Kansas City, MO 64118

Special Education: What I Need to Know
November 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kansas City Public Library: Waldo Branch
Room B
201 E. 75th St 
Kansas City, MO 64114

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Central Missouri: Elliott Student Union
Room 229
500 S. Holden St 
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Understanding the IEP Process
December 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Priority Care Pediatrics, LLC
9405 N. Oak Trafficway 
Kansas City, MO 64155

January 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Trails West Branch Library
11401 E. 23rd St
Independence, MO 64052

Family Record Keeping
January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Trails West Branch Library
11401 E. 23rd St
Independence, MO 64052

Central Missouri Region
 
November 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Boone County Electrical: Community Center
1413 S. Ridgeline 
Columbia, MO 65201
 
St. Louis Missouri Region

Understanding the IEP Process
November 8 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
 
Positive Behavior Interventions
November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District of St. Louis County
Room 61
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd
Town and Country, MO 63131
 
Solving the Employment Puzzle
January 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Special School District of St. Louis County
Room 61
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd
Town and Country, MO 63131
 
Disagreement Resolution Processes
March 14, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Charles City-County Library District: Spencer Road Branch
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
 
Southwest Missouri Region

November 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Springfield-Greene County Library District: The Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave
Springfield, MO 65807
 
Understanding the IEP Process
December 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Springfield-Greene County Library District: Schweitzer Brentwood Branch
2214 Brentwood Blvd
Springfield, MO 65804

Southeast Missouri Region

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Easter Seals Midwest: Howell County
6327 US HWY 63 
West Plains, MO 65775

IDEA Boot Camp Series: Art of Effective Advocacy & Understanding the IEP Process
November 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Caruthersville Public Library
707 W. 13th St 
Caruthersville, MO 63830

* Up-to-date training information is available on our  website .
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