Ten Reasons Why You Should Have an Advocate For Your Child with Special Needs
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Quick Explanation from Lindner Educational Consultants
The Difference Between an IEP and a 504
Every child has a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
An IEP Plan makes sure that a child who has a legally-defined disability that impacts their education, and is attending a preschool, elementary or secondary school, gets specialized instruction and related services.
The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary school receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.
Subtle But Important Differences between IEP and 504
Every student who has a disability may not require specialized instruction. For students with disabilities who are tested and require specialized intervention, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines the procedural requirements, and an IEP is developed in cooperation with the school system and parents. The IDEA requires documentation of measurable growth.
We guide parents through this process, to ensure it goes smoothly — preparation and documentation, collaborative meetings — ensuring that your child gets the best services they can get from their district.
Students with 504 Plans do not require specialized intervention, but, like the IEP, a 504 Plan should be updated each year to ensure that the student is receiving the most effective accommodations for his/her specific circumstances.
For students with disabilities who do not require specialized intervention, but need the assurance that they will receive equal access to public education and services but need some adjustments to their learning environment or structure, a document is created to outline their specific requirements. This is commonly known as “Accommodations.”
Medicaid Deeming Waiver Application Assistance
Simply put, a child with a physical, cognitive or developmental delay or who is medically fragile may qualify for Katie Beckett assistance, regardless of household income and assets. Katie Beckett is a Medicaid Deeming Waiver Program which does not place limits on the parents’ income when considering a child’s eligibility for benefits.
Katie Beckett picks up where your insurance leaves off and pays everything from your co-pays to deductibles, therapies (such as ABA Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy), medication and durable medical equipment. Lindner Educational Consultants will help you understand the ins and outs of the process… including the eligibility requirements, the need for additional services or evaluations and assistance with completing the application.
Champions for Children
Champions for Children helps families continue to care for children with disabilities at home. It is a direct financial assistance reimbursement program available to families who have applied for Katie Beckett and received a Level of Care denial. Any child who lives at home, is under the age of 18 and has a physical, cognitive, developmental or medical disability is eligible.
The services available for reimbursement by Champions for Children are broader than those of Katie Beckett, but the funding is more limited. Services include: Medical services and therapies, Respite Care, Medical supplies and equipment, Dental and optical services, Travel reimbursements for medical appointments, Recreational or therapeutic activities and other services related to the child’s disability not covered by other payment sources. Lindner Educational Consultants will help you understand how the Champions for Children program works and assist with the application for eligibility.
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