• Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

    CADRE has recently completed two major projects aimed at parents. First, they developed Parent Guides to the four major special education dispute resolution processes. The guides are informed by the Q&A document the Office of Special Education Programs released last year. They can be viewed at: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/DRparentguides2014.cfm. In addition, they translated the most popular parent resource, Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child’s School, into 11 languages. The document and translations can be viewed and printed at: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/success.cfm.
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  • Check out Central Florida Parent Center’s (CFPA) Coaching Modules

    Coaching Modules are available 24/7 on the CFPC website and are a great way to learn at your own pace.  These short presentations offer targeted training on specific topics related to special education. More modules are coming soon, but the following topics are available now:

    • CFPC Internet Tour
    • Manifestation Determination Review Meeting
    • FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education)
    • Related Services
    • Accommodations & Modifications
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Chain of Command

       

      Click here to access all of the Coaching Modules
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  • Central Florida Parent Center

     

    Federal regulations, state rules, and district policies and procedures related to special education can be very confusing, causing the process to be sometimes difficult to navigate and the paperwork hard to understand.  Central Florida Parent Center provides a number of different types of training opportunities to meet the needs of parents – who all have different schedules and levels of access to technology.  Please check the website often to view dates for free webinars, workshops, and additional resources & information.

    Upcoming Events!

    We have lots of webinars coming up! Check 'em out!

    Need Support?
     
    Need emotional support or help with your child's IEP?  We have trained volunteer parents who are eager to help!
     
    We have two parent-matching programs here at CFPC. 

    Click here to have a volunteer call you.
    Click here if you would like to volunteer
     
    http://centralfloridaparentcenter.org/

     

     

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  • New Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Parent Involvement Website

    Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is announcing the launch of a new ESE parent involvement website. This site is designed specifically to assist parents as they navigate the ESE process, from pre-k through transition to college and/or career. The parent involvement website provides valuable information and resources related specifically to students with disabilities and ESE services. Attached is a flyer for an overview of the information. To access the website, go to http://forparents.florida-ese.org/
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  • Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program Information (PLSA)

    The PLSA was established in 2014 to provide parents the option to better meet the individual needs of their eligible children. PLSAs are administered by eligible nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations. Parents of eligible children may use the accounts to purchase approved goods or services, as well as provide for prepaid college plans. Information on the PLSA program is located at http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/Information/plsa/

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  • Use of Service Animals by Students with Disabilities

    A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of a student with a disability. The tasks may include, but are not limited to, guiding a student who is visually impaired or blind; alerting a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing; pulling a wheelchair; assisting with mobility or balance; alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, retrieving objects; or performing other special tasks. The Americans with Disabilities Act regulations clarify that service animals that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of the disability, including animals that are used purely for emotional support, are not service animals. A service animal is not a pet. The district school board/school does not assume responsibility for training, daily care, or healthcare of service animals.
    Please review the attached file for policy and procedure information.
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