Can Students With IEPs Be Suspended?

The short answer is yes: students who have IEPs can be suspended from school. However, there are legal safeguards to prevent students with disabilities from being disciplined unfairly and missing too much instruction. These legal protections are outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

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Lori Sacalis
Special Education and Discipline, Part One: Preventing Behavior Problems in School

The phone rings while you’re at work because your child is refusing to do school work again, and today they threw a book at their teacher. If this scene sounds familiar, you aren’t alone: many children in the public education system are not getting the support they need in order to meet their needs and behavior goals. The school system has methods of determining your child’s needs and building a plan to support them.

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The Evolution of Inclusion

The Endrew case continues to impact the field of special education law, most recently in the 9th Circuit. The latest case, R.M. v. Gilbert School District, revolves around a 2nd grade boy in Arizona with Down syndrome whose parents refused to send him to a self-contained classroom at a different school in the middle of the year. His parents argue he was making real progress at his homeschool in the general education program.

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Helping Students with OCD

Most parents whose child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) know that schools are required by law to offer assistance to students with disabilities. However, many are confused about the complexities of the process and aren’t sure how far to push for services.  In response to requests from parent groups, the Posternock Apell's Special Ed Team has created a slide deck that provides an overview of these topics:

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Is Your Child Missing Out on Assistive Technology?

A child with a learning disability may benefit from a wide array of available assistive technology tools that play to strengths and help work around challenges.  By and large, the student’s child study team, case manager and guidance counselor are aware of the variety of computer programs and apps available to meet the unique needs of the student and can make appropriate recommendations.

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Lori Sacalis