Former BSEA Hearing Officer Bill Crane on FAPE

In his final blog post at Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), former Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) hearing officer Bill Crane wrote an excellent analysis on the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In the post, Bill discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1. 

The post is definitely worth a read, and, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to read Bill’s entire series of posts over on the MAC website (as well as MAC’s other excellent online resources). Click here to read the blog post.

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Advisory: High Quality Transition Services

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently issued an advisory on the characteristics of high quality transition services. In Massachusetts, starting at age 14, public school districts are required to provide students who have disabilities with services to address the student’s needs and build skills related to employment, vocation, daily living, and post-secondary education.

The helpful guidance provides an outline and examples of required “results-based” transition services.

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Guide: Transition and Mental Health Needs

The Parent and Professional Advocacy League recently released a helpful (and free) guide, Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs.

The guide covers topics such as financial decisions, health care options, and guardianship. It is certainly worth a read, and provides a useful roadmap.

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