6. "We’re sorry. We are not going to be able to provide
a one-on-one aide to care for your child like you do.” Or “Of course your
child will need a personal aide. We can’t expect our teachers to do all
that extra work."
Proactive Solutions for Parents
- Communicate respectfully, positively and clearly what your concerns are regarding the educational need for a paraprofessional.
- Expect independence and give your child practice, practice, practice
at home. The more your child can practice caring for him/her self at home
the more skilled and confident he/she will become at school. Expect your
child to learn to “do it him-/herself.”
- Request that the school provide training to the paraprofessional on promoting
independence for children who are blind or visually impaired. The goal is
for this person to facilitate access and independence, not to “do things
for” your child.
- Make sure the paraprofessional has access to your child’s TVI and O &
M Specialist*, and knows your child’s strengths and educational and independence
- Paraprofessionals supplement, not supplant the classroom teacher. Make sure your team knows and understand this!
If you disagree with the IEP, make sure to include a written statement
noting your objections. Unless indicated otherwise, signing the IEP indicates
attendance, but not necessarily agreement.
- *Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
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National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities
and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
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Copyright © 2006 National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities
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