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Support COPAA #GivingTuesday! Every Child Deserves the Chance to Succeed

Monday, November 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

After the busy holiday and the shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, we invite you to support COPAA on November 28th for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. For more information about #GivingTuesday please visit their website

We know there are many worthy organizations and sure hope this year you choose to support the work of COPAA. 100% of your donation will go to supporting families of and students with disabilities through scholarships for COPAA membership; reduced rate registration or scholarships to attend our annual conference; or reduced rates to participate in one of COPAA training programs.  Click here to donate

Our members work everyday to protect rights, create opportunities, and change lives.  Here is just one example of the power of special education advocacy or representation:

African American teen walking next to a Caucasian female in wheelchair Reginald, an 18-year-old boy diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), opposition defiant disorder, and a learning disability, attended a public high school for his freshman through junior year. Reginald and his mother did not believe that the school was implementing Reginald's individualized education program (IEP) and were concerned about his transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment. Reginald told his mom that he felt unsafe in his school, which was in a high crime urban neighborhood. They sought the assistance of an attorney to help determine whether the school was implementing Reginald's IEP, and to assist with transition planning.

Over the course of three IEP meetings it became clear that the IEP team had moved Reginald from his agreed upon placement in a self-contained classroom to the regular classroom without having an IEP meeting; that the school was not implementing Reginald's IEP; and, that far from being meaningful - Reginald's IEP goals and objectives had been copied from year to year for the three years he attended the high school!

Because of these clear violations of the law, the attorney advocated for Reginald to be transferred to a higher performing school in the district. Reginald and his mother visited several schools and the attorney worked with the Office of Enrollment for the local school system to transfer Reginald to his preferred school. The IEP team met at the new school to discuss compensatory services for the substantive and procedural violations that occurred during the three years that Reginald attended the previous school. The local school system agreed to pay for two years of education at a local community college in a program in Reginald's area of interest after he graduates from high school, transportation to and from the local community college, and 80 hours of tutoring services during his senior year of high school. Reginald was thrilled at the end of the IEP meeting, feels safer in his new school, and is relieved to have a plan in place upon his graduation from high school.

We hope you will join us! Every dollar raised will help a parent or student with disabilities to benefit from the power of COPAA's peer-to-peer network. Every student deserves the chance to succeed!

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