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How Does the IEP Under IDEA 2004 Compare to a Section 504 PLAN?

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By Sid Kraizman, an attorney and former special education hearing officer DEA 2004 Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, students with disabilities are entitled to receive special education and related services that they need to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The individualized educational plan (IEP) is developed at the IEP Team meeting where the parent participates as an equal member. In Michigan, school districts must comply not only with the federal regulations under IDEA 2004, but also with...

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Does My Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child Need an IEP or a 504 Plan?

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By Teresa Sundberg, Teacher Consultant for the Hearing Impaired / Parent of a Hearing Impaired Child / Hard of Hearing Adult In the previous article, “How Does the IEP under IDEA 2004 Compare to a Section 504 Plan?” two types of educational plans for students with disabilities were addressed to show what schools may provide. But how does each of these plans differ in meeting the needs of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HOH)? The majority of students who have hearing loss are being educated in the general education classroom in...

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Response to Intervention (RtI): Not a Pre-referral for HI Certification

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By. Teresa Sundberg You don’t need to be in the field of education to notice that your local school districts are reacting to the state and federal budget cuts to education. Many school districts have had to lay off existing teachers, support and related service staff caseloads are becoming larger, and class sizes are growing. Currently, approximately 10% of federal education funds are allocated to the States for use in Special Education and with less money for local educational agencies (LEA), filling in the gaps of meeting the needs of...

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Matrix for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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By: Nancy Mosher WHY MIGHT WE USE A DHH MATRIX? Effective communication, academic success, social competence, and independence are the goals for each of our students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Since each student is unique and has different needs, the IEP team uses DATA to define the necessary programs, supplementary aids, supplementary services, accommodations or modifications which will support independence and school success. The Matrix for Students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing is a TOOL for use with students who spend most of...

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MI Department of Education – Proposed Rule Changes

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MI AG Bell DOE Public Comments from March 7, 2011 Click here to read the full text from the proceedings.

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Testimony submitted following Public Comment to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities “Envisioning the Future Summit”

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Hello, I’m Shon Halacka, President of the Michigan Chapter of the AG Bell Assoc for the Deaf. I also serve as a Governor Appointed Disability Advocate for the Michigan Rehabilitation Council. I am a parent who raised three children all of whom have hearing loss ranging from severe to profound, and are now successful, self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Hearing loss affects 12,000 children born each year in the US. Over 90% of these children are born to parents who have normal hearing and have no knowledge about hearing...

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Administration on Developmental Disabilities Envisioning the Future Summit

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Michigan AG Bell represented children with hearing loss before this government agency.

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Congress Passes 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010

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The AG Bell Association worked very closely with the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) to help get this important legislation passed. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010″ by a voice vote September 28 at 9:28 pm. Among other provisions, the legislation requires telecom equipment used to make calls over the Internet to be compatible with hearing aids, provides for captioning on new TV...

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Hearing Aid Tax Credit Event

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Senator Stabenow with Organizers (from left Audrey Pleasant HLA-A, Shon Halacka MIAGBell, Andy Bopp HIA, Senator Stabenow, Ann Liming HLA-A, and Nan Asher MADHH)

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