The school year is just about over here in Upstate NY!
How did the year go for your child?
Many parents of special needs child are not really happy with the education their child receives.
Each year they hope to make changes at their child’s IEP meeting but are repeatedly disappointed when nothing actually ever changes.
The reasons why nothing ever changes varies.
I believe most teachers and school administrators really do have the children’s best interest at heart.
Sometimes their hands are just tied by ridiculous state mandates and yes even inadequate budgets!
If you are dissatisfied with your child’s education…
If you are feeling defeated and like you have no choice but to send your child to school for an inferior and inappropriate education, think again!
Because you do have a choice!
You have the choice not to send your child back to school!
You could homeschool your child with special needs!!
Making the decision to homeschool your child with special needs should not be taken lightly.
The responsibility is daunting to be sure.
But rest assured that there are many others successfully and happily educating their own children!
There are so many resources available and support out there to help you.
I know without a shadow of a doubt, if you really want to educate your own child with special needs, you can!
If you do decide to take the plunge into special needs homeschooling, I recommend you do a little research on the educational methods that have proven successful for your child’s diagnosis.
Next you’ll need to choose the materials and/or curriculum you’ll use, set up an educational plan of activities and experiences for your child, and decide how you’ll accommodate for his or her special needs.
Remember, you have all the information and resources you need on the internet!
Just Google special needs homeschooling, homeschooling curriculum, support groups, your child’s diagnosis, best educational methods for diagnosis, PT, ST, and OT activities to do at home etc…!
When you are confidant in your plan and have all the information you need, the next step is to contact your school district and inform them of your decision.
- You must send in your letter of intent by July 1. If you decide to homeschool after the school year has begun, then the letter of intent must be received by the school within 14 days following commencement of your program.
- Within ten days upon receipt of your letter of intent, the school district is supposed to send you a copy of the regulations and forms for you to fill out and submit your IHIP’s (Individualized Home Instruction Plan) on.
- Parents are required to submit the completed IHIP forms within four weeks upon receipt.
- The school district is then required to inform you within ten days if they have accepted your IHIPs.
- If the school district decides your IHIPs don’t comply they must notify you of any deficiencies within ten days.
- If found deficient, the parent has fifteen days to correct the IHIPs.
- The school then has fifteen days upon receipt of revised IHIPs to review and contact you of their revised status.
- The parent has 30 days to file an appeal if the school district still finds the IHIP’s non-compliant.
- Meanwhile, the parent must within ten days upon receipt of the non-compliance determination either enroll the child in the local public school or provide proof of the child’s educational placement elsewhere.
Resources for homeschooling your special needs child.
You can get your own copy of NYS Home Instruction: Part 100 Regulations
Don’t forget to become a member of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) to protect your right to homeschool your children. There is even a page dedicated to supporting families homeschooling special need children at Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner
Please also visit The Home School Foundation for information regarding scholarships available to families homeschooling special needs children.
For more information on Homeschooling in NYS please click NYS Homeschooling Regs for Special Needs Students.