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Top 10 Ways a Judge Can Influence a Child Under IDEA in Court

Joe Tulman, Professor of Law at the UDC David A Clark School of Law, makes these recommendations on 10 Things a Judge in Delinquency or Criminal Court Can Do Under IDEA Regarding People with Education Related Disabilities

  1. Gather relevant stakeholders and clearly divide what should be handled by whom.
  2. Ensure the child is evaluated for special education eligibility.
  3. Ensure all records acquired and organized.
  4. Appoint educational expert for advice.
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Missions Opportunity in Romania

MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY: There is a missionary family in Romania who has two teenage sons diagnosed with dyslexia. Parents are looking for some help homeschooling them in the coming school year. Having an education background is helpful, but not a requirement for this position. Experience seems to be more important than degree. Essentially this person would probably go through PCA’s Mission To the World’s internship process and raise support for the coming year (unless they have the means and desire to just volunteer). If you or anyone you know has an interest in this position, please share this opportunity and have them contact Cheryl Erb at cerb@pcanet.org or 678.346.8684. Cheryl will help connect you to the family.

Innovative Therapeutic Services

Innovative Therapeutic Services
If your child falls frequently, displays poor coordination, jumps from one activity to another, etc, this therapy program would be a good fit for you. This occupational therapy program focuses on motor planning, sensorimotor, handwriting skills, reflex integration, sensory processing skills, visual perceptual/motor skills, and activities of daily living. If you desire more information, contact Mary Mullins, Occupational Therapist,
at mary.mullins.otr@gmail.com or call 423-883-0020.  Innovative Therapeutic Services does accept some insurance.

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Understanding Dyslexia: A Guide for Tennessee Parents and Educators

Understanding Dyslexia: A Guide for Tennessee Parents and Educators

The department frequently receives questions from parents and educators regarding dyslexia and its relationship to specific learning disabilities. Additionally, several recent policy changes have precipitated a need to provide further guidance around this issue. In particular, school districts recently began implementation of the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) Framework, which provides increasingly intensive, research-based interventions aligned to students’ needs. This is also the framework used to identify students with Specific Learning Disabilities according to Tennessee state law. In 2014, the legislature also passed the Dyslexia is Real Bill which requires school districts to (more…)

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Sunday School Curriculum Pilot Project

  Committee on Discipleship MinistriesDo you have one or more children in your church who have mild-significantly different ability levels than their peers?

Have you ever struggled with how to teach your Christian Ed curriculum to them so that they understand and learn?

Have you ever wished you knew how to adapt your Sunday School lessons or make realistic accommodations for them?

There is an upcoming opportunity you’ll want to look into!  (more…)

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Addressing Bullying in the IEP: Court of Appeals Decision

“On January 20, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in T.K. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., — F.3d —, 2016 WL 229842 (2d Cir. Jan. 20, 2016), an important decision regarding the role of a planning and placement team (PPT) in addressing issues of bullying.  Specifically, the court held that a PPT’s refusal to address bullying concerns through the PPT process was a procedural violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) because it (more…)

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