It’s imperative to know the law which is in place to make sure your child gets the assistance he or she needs. Read more about Wright's Law.
Visit The Georgia Department of Education and find the Offices and Divisions tab; click on special education services and supports. Under Eligibility Categories, click on Special Learning Disability to find information on dyslexia, or click Other Health Impairment for information on ADHD.
With a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) or Other Health Impairment (OHI), like ADHD, you can skip the Response to Intervention (RTI) process (12 weeks of interventions in the classroom).
You can immediately request a Student Support Team (SST) to meet and determine eligibility for your child. They have 30 days to respond. Send an email to document the date. This may be directed to your school’s counselor or special ed coordinator. The person to contact varies from school to school. State “This is your day 1 of 30.” It is recommended to begin this process as soon as you get the diagnosis, or at the beginning of the school year.
After 30 days, you will be given a meeting with the SST where they will discuss eligibility and moving forward with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Accommodations Plan as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students with an SLD diagnosis can receive a 504 plan or an IEP.Parents have the right to refuse the accommodations and come back for another meeting if they do not agree with the school’s recommendations.
If parents are satisfied with the school’s recommendations, the school system will write up the IEP or 504 plan. The minute you sign the document, your child should be receiving services.
The document will be shared with your child’s teacher(s). In elementary school, your child’s classroom teacher most likely will be in the SST meeting. In middle school and high school, the school will distribute the document and ensure your child’s teacher will receive the accommodation plan.
Every year there will be an annual review to assess how the plan is working and if services are still required.
As a parent, begin each new school year by giving teachers a copy of last school year’s IEP or 504 plan. Keep lines of communication open between you, teachers, administrators, and your child. Keep psychological reports up to date. In general, that means updated testing every three to five years.
Every three years, eligibility will be reviewed. Per Wright's Law, keep files that document communications about your child’s services, progress, and other school needs.
IMPORTANT - If at ANY time you feel your child’s services need to be tweaked or accommodations need to be added, you have the right to call a meeting. You are your child’s best advocate. Know the law and what schools can do to assist your child.