Could IEP Facilitation be for you?
IEP Facilitation is a FREE service offered by the NJ Department of Education, using the services of an impartial person, who is not employed by the school district, nor the Dept of Education, who is experienced and has training with the IEP Process.
It is a voluntary service and differs from going to Mediation or a Due Process Hearing. It can help all of the IEP Team, Parents included, to better understand and develop an IEP by proposing certain goals, accommodations, therapies etc. and help reach an IEP that is mutually acceptable.
We had a very informative Meeting with the members of Glen Ridge’s GRASE and our SEPAC members featuring a presentation from the law firm of Manes & Weinberg on what makes for a good IEP for your child.
Additionally, we learned about a new service under the auspices of the State of New Jersey Department of Education, to assist parents during an IEP Meeting. It is called an IEP Facilitator, available at no charge to parents. This process is in place in our District and when a parent requests the service of an IEP Facilitator, it has typically taken approximately 5 days to schedule one to come to your IEP Meeting. More info below:
We also touched on the topic of ESY, (Extended School Year) and the options of some Summer Camps, one of which is CAMP FATIMA. Applications for 2019 Summer Camp are NOW OPEN.
Extra Special thanks to G.R.A.S.E. President, Ms. Jocelyn Gottlieb for contacting Manes & Weinberg and coordinating this special Meeting. Also thanks to BHS Home & School Association President, Ms. Jen Vigna, for very kindly providing the hot coffee and doughnuts; which were deeply appreciated and enjoyed on a wintry evening. Thank you to all those parents who came out to participate in the Meeting, as well as to Bloomfield Special Services Director, Ms. Keri Regina who provided various insights into many questions.
Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is scheduled for May 1, 201 at BHS at 6 P.M..
FROM: THE LAW OFFICES OF HINKLE, FINGLES, PRIOR & FISCHER
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We are proud to partner with The Family Support Network of New Jersey in offering this webinar.
Parents of children with disabilities have just been empowered by a unanimous United States Supreme Court to demand more of their school district. The recent Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, clarifies what it means for districts to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”). For decades, some districts have argued students only need to make “some” progress which is “merely more than de minimis.”
However, according to the Supreme Court, “The IDEA demands more. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”
In this 60 minute webinar, the attorneys of Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer will discuss what this important victory means and what parents should know going into their next IEP meeting. Common “red flags” of minimal progress will be reviewed. The presenters will also discuss possible remedies for students whose past IEPs have not allowed them to make progress.
This webinar is being offered free of charge.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.”