[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]
Local Schools Told to Step Up Services for Military Kids
August 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) — In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are “comparable” with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.
The directive was issued as guidance by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSEP) for local school districts around the nation to understand their obligations under the federal IDEA Act and their responsibilities to satisfy the IEPs of “highly mobile students,” such as those in military families, migrant families or foster care, or the homeless.
Military and other highly mobile students frequently face challenges with school districts and often have very little recourse due to ongoing relocation. Due process proceedings are time intensive and the family may be required to move again before any conflict can be resolved.
The OSEP guidance, issued in a letter to state special education directors, addressed three issues specific to special needs students who move frequently during their childhoods. “While these children often possess remarkable resilience, they also experience formidable challenges as they cope with frequent educational transitions,” the OSEP letter said.
- When special edcuation students transfer into a new school district, they must receive services that are comparable to what their last school provided. If the transfer occurs within the same state, the district must continue providing comparable services until it adopts the child’s existing IEP or adopts a new IEP. If the transfer occurs between states, the new district must meet the new requirement until it evaluates the student and implements a new IEP. The letter clarifies the definition of “comparable services” to mean “services that are similar or equivalent to those services that were described in the child’s IEP from the previous school district.”
- OSEP said the “comparable” services requirements includes Extended School Year (ESY) services typically provided during summer months. OSEP said it was aware of districts denying ESY services under the erroneous understanding that its obligations were limited to the normal school year.
- School districts should quickly complete eligibility determinations for incoming special needs students, preferably within 30 days. Because IDEA allows up to 60 days for the evaluations, a special needs student could be 50 days into the process when transferred to a new district where the entire process would have to start over from the beginning. OSEP said the old and new districts should coordinate the completion of the evaluation. In addition, new districts should not halt evaluations on the basis that they first need to implement a Response to Intervention process.
For a full analysis of the OSEP letter prepared by Jessica Butler, Congressional affairs coordinator for the Autism National Committee, below.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.