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      are advocates free? I live in Arkansas

      dash wrote: I used to be one of these advocates. The law states that he must be in the least restricting environment. period.

      so you need to talk to someone, and get yourself an advocate.. each state must have them. if you can’t find one, let me know and i can get in touch with our state in wisconsin and get a referral i think.

      also……you have a right to understand his
      iep….. totally understand what and why and where etc..


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      From: Rustey To: Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 6:36 pm subject: re: : confuddled
      hi, maria,
      there are offices of pic “parents information center” all over the
      states & you can get some direction from them.

      they are not allowed to tell
      you that one school is better than another but they can put you in touch
      with an educational
      advocate (from state) who will talk with you via phone,
      might even meet you in person, and will go to an iep or 504 meeting with
      school officials with you. please if you are not comfortable with your
      son’s school situation then do something for him.
      good luck,
      ~ rustey

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      Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 7:03 PM
      Subject: : CONFUDDLED

      Does anyone know what the diffrence is between “resource class”
      and “structured learning class”.I always thought that my son was in a
      resource class room until I went to the open house this past week for
      the 5th grade. The room well you can practically live in it,it has
      bean bags,a fridge,a stove,a television
      set,and the class its own
      bathrooms as well! I thought wow,my son doesn’t need to be this

      Then i saw some of the kids thats going to be with my
      son,and they seems more severe then my son in his disablities. I
      asked the teacher what the diffrence was and she said basically they
      are both the same thing.

      I don’t know how I feel about my son being
      in this class as I don’t want his self esteem to be damaged because
      he thinks something is wrong with him nor do I think he is capeable
      of being totally “mainsteamed” into regular 5th grade classes,which
      brings me on to another point,he will be going to some regular classes
      (such as art,music,and heath) I also went to visit these clases and
      none of the teachers were aware that my son was going to be in their
      classes and that he was in a “Structured Learning Class”,How do they
      manage this?Do they just put a child who doesn’t know any diffrent
      then “resource class” and
      let him fend for his self until he shuts
      down or misbeaves?

      My son has trouble with loud noised and
      transitions and I don’t know if he can keep up with a regular
      class,most kids go in and take a seat and follow what the teacher
      tells them to do,weather it is to read a chapter and answer the
      questions at the end,or read out loud,or copy notes,I don’t think my
      son can do this alone,his reading is at a 3/4th grade level,he
      doesn’t understand what he is being told all the time and i know if
      he feels its too much or pressured,he will shut down or misbehave.

      know is heath theyt will require alot of note taking and reading. I
      feel like they are setting him up to fail on his own. I don’t know I
      just figure they should help him out if he is going to be in
      a ‘mainstream class’or atleast let the teachers know so they can help
      him out in some way.What do you all think?


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