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I thought the IDEA provision was the law. Why should an O.T. and not a speech pathologist evaluate my son for assistive tech? My son has no O.T. problems! Also she never stated the school was providing software, she stated they are providing hardware. But what is the hardware without the software? I want to file a complaint but I don't know where or how. My son has an Ipad with no useful software on it. It's just for notes going back and forth! Thanks.

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Dear Beth,

Are you reacting to one of the links or resources I sent you by saying that your child does not need an OT involved in assessing his AT needs?  Or did the school indicate that the OT will or should do the evaluation?

My best advice without knowing the whole situation is to ask for the independent evaluation. You can file a complaint to the State or to the Office of Civil Rights.  

This may help you...it's a form that you can file that is available online.  When a parent disputes the findings of the school district, the parent can request mediation, file a state complaint, ask for a hearing, or ask for an independent evaluation.  The parent can also ask for a facilitated IEP meeting.  

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/covercomplaint.htm

OCR takes discrimination complaints:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.pdf

I hope this follow up answers your questions.  If you would like to consider hiring my services, email abc4success@msn.com so I can look at your son's evaluations and plan and help guide you more specifically.  

I wish you all the best as you advocate for your exceptional child's education.  And, thank you again for writing to me!

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Michelle R. Davis, M. Ed.

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I can answer questions about disability definitions and criteria for services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, No Child Left Behind, 504 plans, how to craft an IEP that drives the appropriate services, school placement, dispute options, and least restrictive environment. I worked in the public school system as a special educator and am now in private consulting practice where we assist parents as they navigate the special education process. I have expertise in all educational disabilities except blind/visual impairments and deaf/hard of hearing. This includes ADHD and other health impairments, medical conditions, dyslexia and learning disabilities, Autism, emotional disabilities, language processing problems, and interfering behaviors.

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10 years as special educator and administrator in public school system; Director of ABCs for Life Success since 1998; Expert services such as analysis and testimony; Author: Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What you can do now to advocate for your exceptional child's education; Special Needs Advocacy Training Institute; internet radio show Teach Your Children Well: Hot Topics in Education; author School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released March 2010 (Prufrock Press).

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Masters in Special Education with Emphasis on Inclusive Education (Johns Hopkins University); B.S.in Special Education (James Madison University); Conduct training for Universities, public and private schools, parent groups. Adjunct professor current George Washington University and prior George Mason University.

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