Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bullying Conference

KGK's Hope Kirsch, parent/child attorney, will be joining with Jennifer MacLennan, a school attorney, at the SARRC conference, Bullying & Autism: What We Know & What We Can Do About It, to present Legal and Ethical Issues & Current Policies related to bullying. 

Who Should Attend:  Families, School Faculty & Administrators,Professionals, Policymakers, Providers & Others with an interest in this topic.

When:  Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013

Where:  Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Register online at
Registration (prior to April 15) $35/day $50/two days
Late Registration (April 15 or later) $50/day $70/two days
Contact: Sheri S. Dollin, M.Ed. 480.603.3283

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is your high schooler ready to graduate??

With graduation coming upon us, some of you are asking if your child with an IEP is entitled to received special education services after graduating from high school.  The short answer is no, unless of course the school district or charter school is obligated to provide compensatory services.  But absent such an  obligation,  special education and related services are terminated when a student with an IEP receives a high school diploma.  However, your child may be entitled to receive special education and related services until their 22nd birthday if he or she requires such services.  Therefore, you must know if your child is ready and able to graduate, which will terminate special ed and related services.  Otherwise, beware that your child will lose those services if he or she graduates despite continuing to require special ed and related services. 
If your child is scheduled to graduate this year, make sure there is an IEP meeting to review your child's IEP in sufficient time before your child is to receive the diploma.  At the meeting, make certain that graduation requirements will be met, and that the goals and objectives in the IEP will be completed.