The beginning of a new school year can be exciting -- and confusing. Some very helpful information is now available for families of students with disabilities. A new fact sheet from Advocates for Children is online in both English and Spanish.
It covers a range of issues that often crop up at the beginning of school, including:
* What to do if your child does not yet have a school
* What to do if your child's school says it cannot serve your child's needs
* What to bring with you if you are enrolling your child in a new school
* What to do if you need specialized bus service, but nothing is in place
For many children with special needs, the start of school will be a smooth process, but if it's not, you can get in touch with Advocates for Children for advice and assistance. Their help line at (866) 427-6033 is staffed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.