Parents, do you disagree with the recommendations your school district has provided for therapy services for your child? Has your child been evaluated and denied therapy services in the school setting? Did you know that you have the right to obtain an independent educational evaluation at an outside facility if you do not agree with the school district’s recommendations?
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), “A parent has the right to an independent educational evaluation at the public expense if the parent disagrees with an evaluation obtained by the public agency.” (34 CFR. Part 300.503 (b). Reasons why a parent may request an independent educational evaluation include:
- A belief that their child has an undiagnosed disability or a believe that their child does not have a disability and has been labeled incorrectly.
- A belief that the school’s evaluation was inadequate.
- Disagreement about issues such as:
- whether a child should continue to receive special education services.
- specific nature of the disability (such as other health impaired vs. emotional disturbance).
- type of services offered (such as inclusion v. self-contained).
- qualifications of the school’s evaluators (such as experience with evaluating a particular disability such as Asperger syndrome).
- a child’s present level of performance and/or annual goals.
- relative progress accomplished toward the goals.
Let MedCare assist you with obtaining the comprehensive evaluations you need to justify your child’s therapy services in the school. Our highly skilled pediatric clinicians are available at any of our outpatient rehab center locations across the Houston area. Contact us today!