S. DeCarlo

The difference between accommodation and modification.

This is the third post in a 3 series blog. Yesterday I wrote about reasonable accommodation. Today, I would like to continue with a discussion about the differences between accommodations and modifications. Understanding the difference can be one of the first steps in communicating with the district, since you need to know what to ask …

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What are “reasonable accommodations?”

This is the second post in a 3 series blog. What does the law require? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that provides federally funded facilities (like public schools) from discriminating against those with disabilities. Under 504, public schools must ensure that students with a disability must have equal …

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What is The District Obligated to Provide to My Students?

This is the first post in a 3 series blog. It’s a question on the mind of every special ed parent right now. And it’s a hard one to answer. There’s very little guidance from the Federal Government or state, beyond a “do your best” and the little disclaimer of “as long as it is …

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Transition Skills: State and Local Government, or The First Activity We’ve Done That Caused Annie’s Eyes to Glaze Over

If you know me personally, you probably know that I am a very politically involved person. I have worked for, volunteered for, and given money to candidates. I vote in local elections. I vote in midterms. I have firm policy positions. When Annie was 3, and just beginning to speak (thank you Rainbow Pediatric Rehab), …

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