School to Prison Pipeline

We need to stop the School to Prison Pipeline now! It would be great to see more protesting on diversity and the current school to prison pipeline.

There is a serious lack of awareness on this issue, it is a systemic problem. In order for real progress to happen we need to start teaching children that All lives Matter. We need to teach them that being different does not mean that they should be secluded or restrained. Parents need to know that they have rights reguardless of their child’s race, religion or disability.

I found the following websites helpful in learning more about this important issue:

http://www.nyclu.org/files/publications/nyclu_STPP_1021_FINAL.pdf

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/summary-by-state.pdf

Pages 142-150 are important for NYS and NYC

Were Avonte and Dyasha ever offered an Approved private school???

Why is it that children who are much higher functioning are sent to Private schools and those that truly need it were not?

If the DOE NYC really cared about children with special needs they would have offered approved private school placement to these students. These things do not happen in state approved private schools. The doors are locked and safety is a top priority!

The DOE NYC only offers private school to parents who fight for it, which is just unfair and wrong. D75 schools/seats need to be safer and better looked at. LRE should not mean death and mistreatment.

I highly doubt that the DOE NYC ever offered a state approved private school to Avonte’s or Dyasha’s parents. They never admit (with out an advocate) that they cannot teach a child or provide FAPE and they should. It would save everyone a lot of heart ache and money.

When is the last time you heard a child escaping or dying while in one of the schools on this list?

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/privateschools/853-statewide.htm

or the non approved schools like Cooke or GERSH?

The children below may still be alive today if they had been offered a state approved private school.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Student-Choke-Death-Brooklyn-School-Department-Education-280682712.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cause-of-death-for-autistic-nyc-boy-avonte-oquendo-undetermined/

http://online.wsj.com/articles/missing-brooklyn-student-found-1411049547

http://www.nycparentsunion.org/archives/1302

Independent educational evaluations

  1.    As a mom of a child on the spectrum, it was always hard to know if my child had a disability or not. The fact that public schools really do not care about a diagnosis does not help. Yes they will do evaluations and yes they will create an IEP, however they will not give you an independent evaluation unless you ask for one!
    Start by asking the school based support team, and then follow up with the supervisor of psychology for your school. The CSE most of the time can tell you who that is.
  2.   I would ask as soon as your child reaches school age.
  3.   Be sure that you ask for an award letter vs letting them choose a provider for you.
  4.   This can make all the difference. It is often better for you to call around and get a feel for the providers expertise and        knowledge of educational programs both public and private.
  5.  Will the provider do a school visit?
  6.  Will the provider make educational recommendations?

Often insurance will not cover these types of evaluations especially medicaid, you can wait as long as 8 months to see a specialist.

YAI now has clinicians that can do the ADOS, and they take medicaid!

Another thing that was not around when I first suspected that my child may have ASD, were videos. The amount of videos that are on youtube and Vimeo have grown over the last five years. I remember searching for hours to try and find another child like my own.

Today many brave parents have submitted footage of their children Stimming

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimming and expressing themselves showing echolalia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echolalia.

These videos are hard to watch and I remember watching some and just crying non-stop after because of the frustration and confusion that ASD causes for so many of us.

It seems like a never ending battle trying to explain to parents, teachers and even principals that ASD is a real thing and yes my child has it, and yes it is why he does not always listen or get what you are saying.

While the evaluation (IEE) may not seem important, it can make a huge difference in advocating and finding the right placement for your child.

Impartial hearings and FERPA

It really does seem like parents with special needs children have to file for an impartial hearing every year in order to get results.
It’s a shame because it’s more money wasted on political and legal issues that should be spent on classroom instruction and training
Still I have a right to my child’s educational records under FERPA, and instead I am given a ton of things that I did not even ask for rather then what I need.
Look up FERPA here

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html

It is amazing how quick the DOENYC is ready to waste paper, energy and time producing documents that they know I have already. They refuse to produce the ones I asked for or to document that they do not have them.
Not to mention that SEIS can only go back three years, so what happens when you need a document that is older then that?

The impartial hearing process has
seemed to be the only process that gets results especially when asking for student records.
I recently found out that soon all children in the DOENYC will be logged into SEIS check it out here,

https://sesis.nycenet.edu/userlogin.aspx

Seems to me that if parents are given access to ARIS then why not give access to SEIS?
Parents should not have to file FOIL requests or Impartial Hearings just to get access to records that the school should be able to produce within 45 days as the law states.

Will be creating a petition soon demanding Access to SEIS.
More to come..,