Originally Posted by beccasuehi
I'm kind of confused as to how the school can label a child with ASD when it is a medical diagnosis. As a special education teacher for the last 15 years, I can guarantee you that if your son were in my school he would not be labeled as having ASD without the medical diagnosis. It really bothers me that some people can be so unprofessional and not follow procedures that are specifically laid out in the law and not get into trouble for it. The common theme that I've read in these posts about becoming your child's advocate is true. You need to educate yourself on the law and then armed with this information along with the test results from every specialist you've seen meet with the school and discuss your child's needs. The school cannot say they don't have a program to meet your child's needs due to funding, etc. This is against the law. If the school fails to meet your child's needs, go through the due process procedure with all of your data in hand. The biggest reason schools lose due process hearings is because they do not have the data necessary to prove their position. Here in Hawaii, we have several private schools where children with ASD receive services at the Department of Education's expense because of the lack of appropriate services at the child's home school.
I wish you good luck with all the evaluations.
We just moved to HI in Jan. Which island are you on? We live on in honolulu and have had a great experience with the schools. I have a ? about ESY. Jacob did ESY this summer (we are on the mainland for vacation right now), but went all day. Does ESY vary by district? Jacob was not too thrilled about going full day, especially with regular school year starting two weeks after ESY!