Jody brings up a question (in my previous blog post) which is worth taking up in a new blog post. Her son has high functioning autism, which means that while he can make good grades, he still has issues with language, socialization, and autistic behavior. She reports that his school refuses to provide goals or services for his language, socialization and behavior. The school refuses to create present levels of performance for non-academic issues. Furthermore the school is saying what goals they have do not need to be measureable. The school thinks that the "autistic label" is sufficient to alert the teachers to the child's needs.
Jody, unfortunately your issues are far too common. Many schools are sincerely under the mistaken belief that child who can make good grades are not "educationally" disabled and thus do not require accommodations or services. They are wrong, since the law interprets education as including a child's need of services in the domains of academics, language, therapies, independent functioning, socialization, emotional, and behavior. This is just to name a few areas where a child might be eligible for services.
To answer some of Jody's other concerns: All Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals must be measureable. A present level of performance must cover all areas of the child's deficits - not just academics. The autism label is not sufficient to advise teachers of the child's needs. As someone once said, "If you have met A child with autism you have met A child with autism." These wonderful children are unique and special and none are alike.
Finally, Jody says that she has filed a complaint against the district. That could be an internal complaint, a state complaint, or what we call a due process complaint, I cannot be sure from Jody's comment. She further says that mediation is scheduled. Jody - It seems that you need some support and assistance. There are educational advocates or special educational attorneys who could help you. Your problems are complex enough you may need guidance in working them out with the district.
For more information go to www.flspedlaw.com and look up Special Education Law and Advocacy on Facebook.