Thursday, April 23, 2009

Useful Information

Has anyone ever told you about limits in ESY (Extended School Year) services for a special needs student? You might be suprised by this quote from Federal Regulations Section 300.309:

"each public agency shall ensure that extended school year services are available as necessary to provide a free appropriate education "FAPE", consistent with paragraph (a)(2) of this section."


"in implementing the requirements of this section, a public agency may not: (ii) Unilaterally limit the type, amount, or duration of those services."

I'm not a lawyer, and I would never advise someone that they don't need a lawyer, nor would I give legal advice. But maybe, if you're very lucky, and the IEP gods are smiling upon you, it's possible that just knowing your rights is all you need...
...keep your fingers crossed.

There's a website with great information about legal rights as related to special education for autstic children at There's also a page there specfically about ESY.

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