Parents often feel that the responsibility for the education of their child rests entirely with the public school system and consider school personnel to be experts and therefore to know what is best for their child. You, too, are an expert when it comes to the needs of your child. As you participate in the process of obtaining a public education for your child, you will find it necessary to work with many different school personnel. Here are a few suggestions: make all requests in writing; keep copies of all correspondence you send and receive; keep track of names and dates of conversations; request copies of reports on your child so that you can have one for your files.
It is important to remember that all children with disabilities will be provided with support services and/or accommodations to allow them to participate in the same nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities as their peers. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) includes many pupil rights. For more information, contact Indiana Area School District or the Bureau of Special Education (717-783-6913) or visit PDE’s website at www.pde.state.pa.us.