What I have found super helpful about starting the school year is to make an information sheet about your child’s disability. Make one for each major issue that affects your child at school. I have created an example of how much should be included and how to organize it in a way that makes sense:
- A general idea of what the defines the disability.
- Specific information on how the disability manifests in your child.
- Suggestions you have about how best to interact with the child.
- Review of accommodations and services your child has (since many teachers will not have read a new student’s IEP or 504 plan on the first day).
- Any other suggestions you may want to convey to the teacher.
Once complete, you should deliver the sheet on the first or 2nd day of school. If your child is in middle or high school, you’ll probably want to email the sheet to each teacher individually, along with a note explaining about it. CC the Case Manager so he/she is aware that you have sent it. You might even send a copy to the Case Manager letting them know you are sending this to the teachers.