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Know & understand the laws that protect students

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Joanna Bussey

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Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
Protects students with disabilities from discrimination
Students are given appropriate accommodations and modifications
Schools must allow students to participate in programs and services of the general curriculum.
Schools must eliminate barriers that prevent students from fully participating in programs and services offered through general curriculum.
Meta Consent Decree
Provides equal access to education for English Language Learners (ELLs)
Students receive instruction to develop English skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing
Students who are identified as Limited English Proficiency are protected
Ensures that the delivery of content is comprehensible to English language instruction
ELLs have right to all educational services and programs as non ELL students.
Respecting Differences and Embracing Diversity
access to all programs and provide services to meet individual needs to ensure
The Road to Success
Understanding Student Protection Laws
(IDEA 2004, Section 504 & Meta Consent)

By: Joanna Bussey
Dr. Verra-Tirado
EDU 553 Leading Curriculum for Special Populations
Comparison Presentation Wk. 2

How do we ensure all children receive a free and appropriate education?
ndividuals with


Federal Law that provides funding so that schools can ensure quality education to students who require special education services
Section 504
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Federal Civil Rights Statute that prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities
raining, &
Meta Consent Decree
Legislation that protects the rights of English Language Learners to an appropriate and EQUAL education
U.S. Department of Education, 2004
NCLD, 2013
(FLDOE, n.d.)
IDEA provides the following services to all students with disabilities:
A free and appropriate education
Educated in the Least Restrictive Environment
Students receive appropriate assessments
Individual Needs are met through Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
More emphasis on the role and responsibility of parents
Students receive related services as needed (ex. Transportation)
NCLD, 2013
Eligible disabilities under IDEA
Hearing impairments
Visual impairments
Speech or Language Impairment
Orthopedic impairments
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intellectual disabilities
Emotional/ Behavioral disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injury
Other health impairments/ specific learning disabilities
(U.S. Department of Education, 2004)
Evaluation & Placement Procedures
Students are evaluated using multi-factored evaluation with multiple assessment tools.
Data is collected and parental input is advised
Parents must give written consent before evaluation is conducted
IEP team develops a plan and goals for student after evaluation occurs
Re-evaluation must occur every three years
(NCLD, 2013)
Roles of Parents & Teachers
Teachers General & Special:
Be highly qualified
Recognize a student who may need an IEP
Implement current IEP plans for students
Be aware of accommodations for students and provide appropriate accommodations
Communicate & collect data to ensure accommodations are successful
Participate in Professional Developments
Seek help if you notice your child struggling
Request to have your child evaluated
Understand your rights as a parent-- You have the right to disagree
Conduct Research
Be an active part of your child' s IEP meeting and plan development (YOU KNOW THEM BEST!)
Section 504
(NCLD, 2009)
Eligibility for Section 504
1.) If one has a mental impairment which limits one or more major life activity
2.) Have a record of such impairment
3.) Is regarded as having such impairment
Major Life Activity can include:
Caring for one's self
Manual Task
Evaluation and Placement Procedures
Written consent is not necessary before evaluation, but parents must be notified
Evaluation will draw information from various sources
A group will evaluate data, and create a plan about educational services and placements.
Yearly evaluations to ensure placement is appropriate
504 team creates a 504 plan for students to receive accommodations such as:
Structured Learning Environment
Reminders to stay on task
Repeated instructions
Modified Testing
Instructional Technology
(NCLD, 2009)
Roles of Parents and Teachers
Teachers General & Special:
Be highly qualified
Flexible teaching techniques/expectations
Modify classroom environment
Adjust teaching strategies
Make necessary accommodation included in 504 plan
Be an advocate for your child
Communicate with your child's classroom teachers
Build relationships with those who work with your child
Provide information that can help determine best accommodations for your child
(FLDOE, n.d.)
Evaluation and Placement Procedures
A home language survey is sent home with the student
Based on the results, ELL committee decides on appropriate placement
The ELL committee forms an ELL plan which identifies how much ESOL instructional time a student may receive
ELL students take a English Language assessment in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to assess skills
Students receive appropriate instruction for as long as they are classified.
ELL committee monitors student progress
Role of Teachers & Parents
Teachers General & Special:
ESOL Endorsement or required hours & highly qualified
Communicate with ELL team and parents
Be aware of necessary accommodations in the ELL plan (Ex. extra time, use of bilingual dictionary)
Document accommodations in lesson plan
Participate in trainings when they have ELL students in the classroom
ELL classification
Students who may be classified and be provided services under the Meta Consent decree are:
Not born in the United States
The primary language at home is not English
The student may speak another language other than English majority of the time
(FLDOE, n.d.)
Complete the Home Language Survey
Be an active participant in the ELL team when planning services for your child
Advocate for your child
Disabilities or Language Barriers do not define our students! They are more than their disability!
(NCLD, 2009)
(Seminole County School District, n.d.)
(Seminole County School District, n.d.)
(Seminole County Schools, n.d. & FLDOE, n.d.)
Instructional Services
Speech, Occupational &Physical Therapy, Special Education Teacher
IEP team meets and develops and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to provide appropriate services by providing what the child needs to be successful in the classroom.
Accommodations are provided to make sure that the student with disabilities can participate as fully as possible in the general curriculum.
Accommodations are provided for
Instructional Method & Materials
Assignments & Assessments
Learning Environment
Time Demands & Scheduling
Special Communication Systems
(FLDOE, 2003)
Procedural Safeguards: How are students and parents protected?
Parents have the right to be notified of meetings, service changes, and record reviews
Changes must be given in writing before changes can occur to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Parents have the right to disagree with any services/ evaluation being provided
Parents have the right to due process
Instructional Services
Provide a free and appropriate education
Students can receive classroom accommodations
Flexible Seating
Use of interpreters
Note Takers
Taped Textbooks
Repeated/Simplified Directions
Behavior Management
Assistive Technology
(NCLD, 2013)
Procedural Safeguards
Schools have a 504 Coordinator
Parents/Guardians have the right to receive notice of meetings, service change, record review
Must be notified before a "significant" change in placement
Schools must provide proper procedures if parents wish to file a grievance
Impartial hearings may be provided to parents who disagree with identification, evaluation, or placement.
Enforced by the Department of Education for Civil Rights
Instructional Services
Services are provided through the ELL plan
Students receive accommodations in the classroom
Accommodation Examples:
Preferential Seating
Student Mentor
Establishment of Daily Routines
Extra Time
Bilingual Dictionary
Procedural Safeguards
Parents have the right to be notified of service changes & record review
ESOL specialist is responsible for monitoring compliance in the school
Forms and Notices are provided in Native Language
(Seminole County Schools, n.d.)
How do I know if a student is eligible for services?

What services are provided?
How are students are evaluated and placed?
How are students/parents protected?
What is the role of the parent?
What is the role of the teacher?
Let's find out....
Embracing Diversity
Understanding IDEA 2004
Insight from Parents
Understanding English Language Learners
State monitors local school districts to ensure student are receiving a free and appropriate education.
(NCLD, 2013)
(NCLD, 2013)
(Seminole County School District, n.d.)
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