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Public schools are local learning institutions that are funded by local, state and/or federal governments. They offer general education opportunities to children in kindergarten through grade 12, and special education programs and transition services for students with disabilities.


 
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    Transition Services for Students With Disabilities

    Programs that provide support for children with disabilities who are moving from one kind of program setting or service provision system to another. The common transition points include transitions from health services to education or vice versa, from preschool to kindergarten, from elementary school to middle school, from secondary school to adult life and from more restrictive to less restrictive settings.

    Early Intervention Services

    The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers (birth - 36 months) who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities and helping parents and other caregivers. Supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay. 

     

    Special Education Plan Development

    Programs that provide information, technical assistance and support which relates to the development, implementation, review and revision of Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities and/or Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) for infants and toddlers with disabilities who are eligible for early intervention services. IEPs are written documents developed by a team that includes a child’s parents and school staff which lists, among other things, the special education services (including transition services) the child will receive. IFSPs document family involvement and early intervention services provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The programs may target special education professionals and or parents; and help parents participate more effectively in the process.

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    Special Education Plan Development

    Programs that provide information, technical assistance and support which relates to the development, implementation, review and revision of Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities and/or Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) for infants and toddlers with disabilities who are eligible for early intervention services. IEPs are written documents developed by a team that includes a child’s parents and school staff which lists, among other things, the special education services (including transition services) the child will receive. IFSPs document family involvement and early intervention services provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The programs may target special education professionals and or parents; and help parents participate more effectively in the process.

    Early Intervention Services

    The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers (birth - 36 months) who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child's participation in family and community activities and helping parents and other caregivers. Supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family's ability to pay. 

     

  • A parent's perspective on how to navigate the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for your child with a disability. 

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  • The start of a new school year can be both a nervous and exciting time. During the first few weeks children can face challenges with schedules, study time, and getting back into the whole routine that the school year brings. Children with special needs face the same challenges, but it can often times be exceptionally more difficult. Click here to read Dr. Harold Koplewicz article and his back to school tips for parents with special needs children.

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  • I’ve never been in a parent’s shoes during an IEP meeting before. I can only imagine what it feels like for a nervous mom or dad to step into a school for the first time and face a room of unfamiliar faces… service providers, nurse(s), administration, regular and special education teachers; the list goes on. It can be intimidating!

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  • Ombudsman for Special Education is an informal source of information and referral, aids in answering individuals' questions and assists in the resolution of concerns and issues. The ombudsman serves as a resource to parents in non-legal special education matters.

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  • Explore options and resources for resolving special education disputes including ombudsman, mediation, complaints, and due process.

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  • The Family to Family Network of Virginia (F2F), an initiative of the Center for Family Involvement at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Partnership for People with Disabilities, has grown from one statewide Family to Family Health Information and Education Center begun in 2005 to a nine-site (and growing) Family to Family Network.

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  • The Virginia Parents’ Tips on Transition Planning fact sheet was compiled from a survey developed by the Center on Transition Innovations and given to a diverse group of Virginia families whose children have experienced the transition from high school to adult options. These valuable suggestions can assist others in making informed decisions, advocating for improved services, and building upon school and community partnerships. 

     


     

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