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COVID-19, FAPE and Distance Learning

FAPE during Distance Learning

Well, hello! This is certainly not where any of us expected to be. But here we are. As I navigate this crisis with my own boys, I’m sharing what I’ve learned. And, since I have nothing else to do (ha!), I’ve been working really hard to bring you the most accurate, helpful, applicable, and up-to-date information.

I have been contacting the best experts in the field about this issue, and helping get ideas for you to implement at home. Every week I do at least one Facebook Live event, so make sure you are following the page so that you don’t miss them. Now, on to the information.


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Can a Child Receive In-Person IEP Services if the School is Doing Distance Learning? YES.

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How to Stockpile for the Pandemic on a budget.

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Stocking Up for a Pandemic My first disclaimer is this: I am not the person taking all the toilet paper.
When your School is refusing to provide Online Instruction for your IEP Student.
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When your School is refusing to provide Online Instruction for your IEP Student.

By April 2, 2020 0
Providing FAPE during the crisis This crisis has really exposed flaws in our society. I could dedicate an entire website
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Distance Learning with a 1:1 Aide or Para | Tips for Success

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7 Virtual Playdate Ideas for Kids | Preschool to Tween

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OT Skills + Distance Learning: Tips for Success

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How to Prepare for Quarantine | Disability Families | Printable Checklists

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Bored and Stuck at Home? 12 Survival Tips and Ideas for Parents and Kids.

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Trick-or-Treating in the Age of COVID-19 | Free Printable Checklist

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5 Ideas for a Safe and Fun Halloween during the Pandemic.

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Should your IEP Change Due to the Pandemic and Distance Learning?

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School Shutdowns | Official Dept of Ed Guidance from all 50 States.
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School Shutdowns | Official Dept of Ed Guidance from all 50 States.

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My child won’t wear a mask | School and IEP Accommodations | Ideas

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Attorney/Advocate Chat: Distance Learning and IEPs

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How to Host a Trunk-or-Treat (and save Halloween in the age of COVID!)

By September 20, 2020 0
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What is an IRLP? Individual Remote Learning Plans, explained.
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12 Gross Motor Sensory Activities Using Household Items | Gross Motor Activities for Special Needs

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IEP Regression and Progress Monitoring During Distance Learning | Templates
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IEP Regression and Progress Monitoring During Distance Learning | Templates

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