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I'm In N.Y. and the state law requires they provide related services for kids who are home schooled
If you can answer the following, I'd be very grateful!
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1) If my child has a severe disability, is he eligible for a tech eval for assistive tech? He qualified in school.
2) They gave me an insane schedule of services. It is disruptive to my homeschooling. The modifications they want to make are minimal. Can I ask for a list of acceptable providers so I can attempt to schedule this in  way that's actually good for my son too? He has many related services. Thank you!

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JC,

Assistive Technology: This is a borderline issue. It depends on what technical assistance is required. Does it requires training for the instructor as well as the student? Does it require programming? Districts often fight this saying it requires too much support for them to supply for home schooling. If they agree, assess, and find your child needs a device, they can make you assume responsibility for it getting damaged or lost. Case law does not clarify this in your state as far as I know.

The law requires districts to supply direct services, but it gives them discretion as to when and where the services are provided. You can ask to work with the district, but the final decisions are up to them since they are providing services.

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Questions concerning special education: IEP, assessments, Due Process, mediation, resolution conference, federal law, state law, qualifying for services, residential treatment, special day classes, resource specialists, procedures, having your child assessed, adaptive PE, speech & language, non-public school, FAPE, and tuition reimbursement.

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I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

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I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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