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Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com

I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Help Prevent the Removal of Critical ADHD Protections! PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENTS.

PLEASE SHARE AND COMMENT.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

"Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing" ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

The US Department of Education Requests Comments Before it Removes Regulations and Guidance

 

From the CHADD Public Policy Committee

 

 

The US Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance to eliminate under Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda." CHADD has become aware that the ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to keep, remove, or modify. CHADD appreciates this opportunity and would like everyone to show support for protecting students' rights. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the "Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD"— as active guidance.


Background information on the ADHD Guidance

  
On July 26, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education issued guidance to every public school district in the country about the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for students with ADHD. The Guidance provides clear technical assistance that helps teachers understand the nature of ADHD and how effectively to provide education services to students with ADHD, consistent with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For example, the Guidance describes certain behaviors that could indicate a student has ADHD and should cause a school district to consider conducting an evaluation. Among other things, the Guidance states that a student with ADHD may need behavioral and executive function supports.  

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance, including public elementary and secondary schools as well as charter schools. The US Department of Education enforces Section 504 through OCR.  

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," which directs federal agencies to identify regulations and guidance to eliminate. The Department of Education has issued a list of regulations and guidance it is considering. The ADHD Guidance is on this list. The Department of Education is asking for public comments about which regulations and guidance to remove, keep, or modify.

CHADD worked hard to obtain the ADHD Guidance to protect the civil rights of students with ADHD from preschool through high school. CHADD provided significant input to Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Through its Public Policy Committee, CHADD maintained ongoing and active discussion with OCR from November 2013 through July 2016. Based on the results of a survey that we conducted with our membership, we shared the concerns of our members about the implementation of Section 504 and the effects on their children. In response to many requests from OCR, we provided scientific research findings and other knowledge about ADHD. For more information, read our previous blog on the ADHD Guidance.

What YOU can do


We cannot lose this Guidance now! We must tell the Department of Education how important this guidance is to students with ADHD.

 

Until September 20, 2017, everyone has the opportunity to weigh in with the Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to show support for protecting students' rights. CHADD will submit our comments urging Secretary DeVos to keep the guidance.

 

Individuals can submit comments as well. If you want to tell the Department how important the ADHD Guidance is to our children, you can submit your own comments here asking the US Department of Education to retain the ADHD Guidance—officially called the "Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on ADHD"— as active guidance.
  

NOTE: At the top of your comments you MUST INCLUDE these three things:

 

Remember, if you want to submit comments, you must take action before September 20!

 

HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT

  • Submit it here before 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
  • Click on the green "SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT" button on the top right hand side and the comment form will open. You can type a comment directly into the box or just write "see attached comment" and upload a Word or PDF document after pressing the button.
  • You will then be asked to add information about yourself.
  • Check the preview to see how your comments will appear once submitted, and then check the box: "I read and understand the statement above."
  • Finally, hit "SUBMIT COMMENT" on the bottom of the form.

 

Comment Deadline 11:59 PM ET Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

 


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Monday, August 07, 2017

Graduates of the 2017 Camp Dendy

Graduates of the 2017 Camp Dendy ADHD training by Chris Dendy, including me…..:)

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

"Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing" ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

 

 

View a clip from our DVDs, Real Life ADHD & Father to Father at

 

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 CHADD/ADDA Annual International Conference on ADHD in Atlanta

Dear All, 

 

I am sending you information about the 2017 CHADD/ADDA International Conference on ADHD, which will be in Atlanta, GA November 9-12.  Please distribute widely.  This is a wonderful opportunity to train individuals, staff, parents and adults in GA about ADHD.

 

This ADHD Conference can be used to train teachers and special education staff, police departments, justice office staff, hospital staff, Dr. offices, etc.  Please print and put in Dr. offices, give to patients, send to schools; Colleges; teachers; Principals; School Districts Spec. Ed. Departments; PTA/PTO’s; Private Schools; clinics; hospitals; disability organizations; disability groups and FB pages; mental health agencies; police departments; etc.

 

This year, the ADHD conference will be a joint effort between CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) and we are expanding our programming. For example, we have more sessions per day, and we have been adding talks on teens and young adults, particularly for issues related to post-secondary education. We also have added a half day on Sunday that is just for adults with ADHD.

 

We would greatly appreciate any support you can provide to help promote the conference. I have attached a joint press release from Michael MacKay, the president of CHADD and Duane Gordon, president of ADDA, as well as the conference artwork, which could be added to your website/e-mail. Please spread the word through all of your networks?

 

Here’s a link to the registration page for the conference: https://events.bizzabo.com/204371. Please use it to register yourself, and share it with others.

 

Also support these wonderful organizations with your membership.  http://www.chadd.org/Membership.aspx   &   https://add.org/adda-membership/  

 

Thanks for any support you can provide to promote!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you (and former CHADD Coordinator)
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/pages/IEPadvocate4you-Carol-Sadler-Special-Education-ConsultantAdvocate/139597000964  

http://www.linkedin.com/in/carolsadleriepadvocate4you

 

"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment" & "Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET="GetNoEducation/Therapy"="PsychoNOed"="Jail without Jury or Trial"="Imprisonment without Legal Representation" Carol & GA Advocates

RTI="Refusal to Identify" students who need Special Education support and services.  Carol Sadler

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We need your voice! Re: GNET's

Information from Leslie Lipson at GAO regarding the GNET programs.  We need your voice!  Please share widely!!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/pages/IEPadvocate4you-Carol-Sadler-Special-Education-ConsultantAdvocate/139597000964  

http://www.linkedin.com/in/carolsadleriepadvocate4you

 

"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation Carol & GA Advocates

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

Dear Parents/Families, (please forward to your networks)

If your child is currently attending a GNET program, has been in a GNET program, or has struggled to get quality supports for behavioral-related disabilities in your neighborhood school, you are likely aware that the United States Department of Justice filed a Complaint against the State of Georgia about Georgia violating the American’s with Disabilities Act by operating a segregated, state-wide program offering an inferior education on August 23, 2016: http://bit.ly/2bxN2Em
In somewhat related news, the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNET program and services, and they want to hear from you.  They are hosting three regional feedback meetings to get your input on the proposed draft rule regarding how Georgia provides supports for behavioral-related disabilities and the current GNETS programs.

Below are the dates and times for the feedback meetings:

Gainesville, GA Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm 
Tifton, GA Date: October 27, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm
Fayetteville, GA Date: October 28, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm

At these meetings, speakers will have 3 minutes to share their thoughts on the draft of the new proposed rule.  If you cannot attend any of these meetings and want to provide public feedback, you can email your comments to GNETrule@doe.k12.ga.us and llipson@thegao.org .(Please see the attached flyer for more specific details about the meetings. Also attached is the new draft rule and the current rule.)


GAO would like to support families as you develop your speaking points, and invite you to join us in one of two informational conference calls, where we will discuss the draft proposed rule and upcoming feedback meetings.  These conference calls will be held on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 12pm -1pm and 6pm-7pm. If you are interested in joining us for one of the conference calls, please email llipson@thegao.org with your RSVP and we will send the call-in information. 


As a preview to the draft proposed rule and our conference calls, the draft proposed rule does not do away with the GNETS as a separate and distinct program where students who need behavioral-related support "belong" to the GNETS program and attend GNETS classrooms or separate buildings, nor does it change the current segregated funding structure; however, it does give the option of local school districts to request assistance from the GNETS program to provide "GNETS services" to students in their own zoned/neighborhood schools.  However, it gives no guidance or structure for parents or schools to access these supports. Again, please see the attached for the text of the new draft rule.  Additionally, giving comment about your experience struggling to receive appropriate services in a GNETS or at a local neighborhood school would be helpful. 

We hope to hear from you on a conference call this Thursday.

Leslie K. Lipson
Of Counsel
Georgia Advocacy Office
One West Court Square, Suite 625
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 885-1234
www.thegao.org
llipson@thegao.org

Monday, July 20, 2015

DOJ Meetings on GA GNETS

From Leslie Lipson, GAO – Please forward to others!!

Hey Advocates,

I want to thank SO MANY of you for contacting us concerning your ability to assist with the advocacy surrounding the Department of Justice Letter of Finding that our state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.  There are multiple ways to be involved, and I am writing to invite you into the process.  The Letter of Finding can be accessed here: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/olmstead_cases_list2.htm.  This is an incredible first step, and there is still much to be done during the negotiation and hopeful settlement regarding children returning to our neighborhood schools with smart, individualize supports. 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will visit Georgia during the week of July 26 and meet with families and students who have been in the GNETS or avoided the GNETS.  They want to hear from stakeholders. I know that we have a community of advocates ready and willing to tell the government what we need in our state to have students supported in their neighborhood schools.  If you cannot attend any of the meetings arranged in Georgia (see below for times and locations), the DOJ may be able to accommodate your schedule by meeting you at a different venue or speaking with you on the phone.   Please contact Torey Cummings at the DOJ at (202) 305-4204 or Torey.Cummings@usdoj.gov with questions or requests regarding how your voice can be heard.

 Locations and times:

Sun., July 26 at 5:30PM, Decatur Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia 30030

Mon., July 27 at 1:00PM, Decatur Courtyard by Marriott

Mon., July 27, daytime Dublin location to be determined

Mon., July 27 at 6:00PM, Gainesville Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1755 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30501

Mon., July 27 at 6:00PM, Macon Marriott City Center, 240 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217

Tues., July 28 at 6:00PM, Athens Springhill Suites, 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

Tues., July 28 at 6:00PM, Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401

Weds., July 29, morning McDonough/Griffin Location to be determined

Another way to be involved would be for families and/or students to speak to the media about their experience in the segregated schooling and lack of access to positive inclusive opportunities.  Please email or call the Outreach Director Timothy Pratt (tpratt@thegao.org 404.85.1234) if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Please Forward this email to other interested individuals because we are going to need to come together as a community to hold to the promise of a quality education in the "most integrated setting" for all.

 Leslie K. Lipson

Program Director

Georgia Advocacy Office

One Decatur Town Center

150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 430

Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 885-1234

www.thegao.org

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Posted by: Leslie Lipson <LLipson@thegao.org>


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DOJ Finds State of GA Violates Federal Law with (GNETS) Separate and Unequal Educational System for Children with Disabilities

GREAT NEWS for GA students in GNETS!

 

From Leslie Kulbersh Lipson - From the US Department of Justice: "On July 15, 2015, the United States sent its findings to the State of Georgia stating that the State’s administration of the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) program violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily segregating students with disabilities from their peers in school. The State fails to ensure that students with behavior-related disabilities receive services and supports that could enable them to remain in, or return to, the most integrated educational placements appropriate to their needs."http://1.usa.gov/1MaDdeq

 

DOJ  Finds State of Georgia Violates Federal Law with Separate and Unequal

Educational System for Children with Disabilities

 

Decatur, Ga., July 15 --  The State of Georgia has violated federal disability rights law by placing thousands of children with “behavior-related disorders” such as autism in a separate and unequal educational system, a Department of Justice investigation released today said.

Students with disabilities are unlawfully segregated from their peers in Georgia and denied educational opportunities as a result, the DOJ’s letter of findings said.

The result: “school is like a prison,”  one child said. “It’s a warehouse for kids the school system doesn’t want or know how to deal with,” a parent told investigators.

The federal government finds the state to be in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Georgia is the only state with an entirely separate, state-funded system for educating students with disabilities.

 “Georgia has created a whole culture of throwing kids away with this system,” said Ruby Moore, executive director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, which provided information about the issue to the DOJ throughout its two-year investigation.

The federal agency’s findings concern the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide network created in 1970 that consists of two dozen centers serving about 5,000 children with at least $70 million in state and federal funds, plus additional locally- and federally-funded services.

The network denies students equal access to resources widely available in public schools, such as physical education, art, music, gifted classes, electives -- or even regular interactions with teachers, as much of the instruction, particularly at the high school level, is online. They don’t have the opportunity to interact socially with other children in their communities and school systems, including at such events as football games, dances and other events important to children.  

Families also reported feeling “pushed” or “forced” into the GNETS program after one or several incidents involving their children. Investigators uncovered cases such as a public school student who was disciplined for being “verbally disruptive,” suspended for ten days, and then sent to GNETS. In another case, a student had been doing well with in-school supportive services in another state, only to have those services denied upon arriving to Georgia, with GNETS the only option offered his family.

The DOJ also found the network’s facilities to be “inferior,” often outdated and lacking such basic infrastructure as central air conditioning, as well as educational resources such as science labs and libraries, and extracurricular facilities such as gyms and playgrounds. Some of the GNETS facilities are actually located in buildings that were formerly used as segregated schools ultimately deemed illegal under Brown v. Board of Education.

“Placing children with disabilities in a separate system doesn’t promote emotional and behavioral development and learning, is contrary to best practices in the field, and is against the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Moore said.

The GAO is the federally-designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Georgia.

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For further information, please contact: Ruby Moore, executive director, the Georgia Advocacy Office, Tel. 404-885-1234.

The DOJ Letter of Finding can be found here:  http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/documents/gnets_lof.pdf

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paula Merritt Hopewell Fulton County Abuse Cover-up - Macedonia Concerned Parents

It has come to my attention that the Fulton County IST involved in the Hopewell Middle School Abuse and Cover-up of special needs students by teacher Melanie Pickens, Paula Merritt is moving from Mountain Road Elementary School as Asst. Principal to Macedonia Elementary School in Cherokee County GA. I wrote to Dr. P with my concerns in 2011 when she was hired by the district.

Several parents from Macedonia have now contacted me with concerns regarding Paula Merritt’s involvement in the Hopewell scandal and cover-up and are concerned about her being an administrator in their school.   I agree and believe that parents should be concerned, esp. since Asst. Principals are typically over Special Education services.  After what I have read in these reports, everyone should be concerned!

Macedonia Concerned Parents will be meeting at the Woodmont Golf Club dining room ( http://www.woodmontgolfclub.com/ )  in Cherokee County at 12:30 tomorrow 4/22/15 for lunch and are inviting any other concerned parents or advocates to join them.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Sarah Gallagher gsg22605@comcast.net .

I know that some parents are writing letters to the Cherokee County School Board.  I’m attaching 2 files regarding one case filed and pending against Paula Merritt.

You can also view previous information, articles, and investigation reports related to this abuse and cover-up on my Blog at:

Gag warning, the abuse is so horrific you may need to prepare yourself before reading.

Please share this information widely with others in GA Schools, esp. Cherokee and Fulton Counties.  We must never forget.

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4You.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com
IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson
“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate
GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.