Wonder Twin Powers UNITE for Autism

By Gabriella True – TACA Co-Coordinator Connecticut I have twin boys who will be 11 years old this summer and one of them has autism. Although Timmy was diagnosed with autism just prior to his third birthday, he’s been in therapy since the second day of his life. His twin brother, Xander, and the rest […]

Time for Action!

Before the diagnosis, we “knew” it was going to come. He was already enrolled in a school IEP program since February of that year. By May, we really started to suspect autism and already started to research everything we could while seeking an official diagnosis.

Tips for Including Dietary Restrictions in Your Child’s IEP

When your child is on a special diet for medical reasons, getting the correct wording into your child’s IEP is very important to minimize dangerous infractions. What parents must provide Parents must get a letter from their doctor stating that for medical reasons, your child cannot have certain foods (which must be listed).  The letter […]

Back to School Links

Back to School Links Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’ve organized all of our Back To School links in one easy place for you! IEP and Special Ed Basics http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-ready-for-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/closing-the-iep-deal/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/ideas-on-hiring-paying-for-a-special-education-attorney/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/special-education-tips-links/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/independent-assessments/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/presentation-special-education-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/upcoming-legal-seminars/ http://tacanow.org/blog/the-real-cost-of-special-education-considering-the-return-on-investment/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-testing/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/the-back-to-school-assignment-for-parents-of-special-needs-kids/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/fundamentals-of-special-education/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-staying-organized/ Partners in Policymaking Online Classes Allergies and IEPs http://tacanow.org/family-resources/tips-for-including-dietary-restrictions-in-your-child%E2%80%99s-iep/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/an-essential-handout-for-teachers-aides/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/gfcfsf-school-supplies/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/must-schools-provide-casein-and-gluten-free-foods/ […]

Shh…. The Secret to Successful IEP Meetings: Part 2 – at the Meeting

by Summer Stech, Esquire – TACA’s Legal Advocate The school year is well underway and winter break is around the corner. By now you may have already had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting – or two or three – or maybe your child’s triennial or annual review is coming up in the spring. Either […]

Shh…. The Secret to Successful IEP Meetings: Part 1 – How to prepare

by Summer Stech, Esquire – TACA’s Legal Advocate The new school year is finally underway! Of course a new school year means it is time to start thinking about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Although many annual IEP’s are developed in the Spring – due to the prevalence of Spring birthdays, it is a […]

Shh…. The Secret to Successful IEP Meetings: Part 2 – at the Meeting

Blog by Summer Stech, Esquire – TACA’s Legal Advocate TACAnowblog series: Legal Advocacy The school year is well underway and winter break is around the corner.  By now you may have already had an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting – or two or three – or maybe your child’s triennial or annual review is coming […]

Teens with ASD: Transition IEPs

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi What does “transition services” mean? The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that: Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the […]

IEP – Special Education: Tips & Links

Check list of items to remember: Audiotape every IEP meeting (with district or regional center) School district needs to know in writing 24 hours prior to meeting Note: Even when your attorney tapes a meeting – you should also tape each meeting. Tape players fail! Do all communication in writing (if verbal, follow up in writing) If […]

The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

By Timothy A. Adams, Esq.   What Is Special Education? Federal law defines special education as specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the unique needs of a child with disabilities. Instruction can include classroom and home instruction as well as instruction provided in hospitals and institutions. The Individuals with […]