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Date registered: September 10, 2014

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  1. Basic Guidelines for Choosing an Educational Advocate for Your Child — September 8, 2016
  2. Happy New Year 2016 — January 5, 2016
  3. Sped Child & Teen: A Great Resource for the Autism Community in Massachusetts! — January 5, 2016
  4. Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) — January 5, 2016
  5. Home, home in on the range: looking at “average” behavior data — July 14, 2015

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Upcoming Parent Consultant Training Institutes from Federation for Children with Special Needs

Do you find yourself wishing you knew more about laws that support your child/student or that you wish you understood the Individual Education Program (IEP) process better or how to request a special education evaluation? The Parent Training and Information Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) offers an opportunity for Massachusetts …

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New England Center for Children 2015 Parent Education Series

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is offering a series of informational sessions for family members of children with autism.  The presentations include topics of interest and importance towards the goal of helping participants better understand, advocate, and care for their family member with ASD and their families as a whole.  In addition to …

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IEP Form Improvement Project

Massachusetts is revising the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Form. Your hands-on IEP experience is vital to the IEP Form Improvement Project. Your perspectives and suggested solutions to common issues will drive this revision process. The Department has created representative models that illustrate the content and functionality that this online system may include. The first several …

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The DESE is Seeking Comments on Proposed Restraint Regulations

UPDATE: Final regulations here:   In 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (then known as the Massachusetts Department of Education) promulgated regulations concerning the use of physical restraints on students.  603 CMR 46.01.  The stated purpose of the regulations was to “ensure that every student participating in a Massachusetts public education program …

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Book review: “Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: An Insider Guide” by Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves

This excellent book (written by parents, for parents) is an invaluable, practical resource for families of children with disabilities seeking information about how to navigate the processes and legalities involved in special education. Topics addressed throughout the book include understanding school personnel perspectives, understanding how & why conflicts of interest may arise, understanding evaluations, developing …

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