2:00 Minute Mark
It's important for you to know that a school does not diagnose a child with a disability. A school only has eligibility criteria when it comes to special education. Eligibility criteria, it's set by the federal law IDEA.
Remember, I'm not a lawyer, but I can teach you where to look in the law.
There are different buckets for eligibility. During an eligibility meeting for special the team goes over data that has been collected, testing that has been done or information that has been taken in.
Next, they go through checklists and they say... everything seems to fit into this bucket.
Finally, a child gets an educational eligibility to receive special education services.
Now let's go back over here to medical diagnosis. Okay, so medical diagnosis is when you meet a set of criteria and the doctor has a recommendation that says... based on this label, your child should have this therapy or take this medicine or do...
If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!