Grant Programs and the obligation to accommodate disabilities

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 12:52am
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is the obligation to accommodate diabilites/comply with Federal Laws within the context of a "Grant" program ie: "At Risk" preschool, the same as say within an "Early Education" or "Kindergarten"

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I mean, it has been implied to me that the obligation does not exist in a "Grant" program. I don't know if this is true or not.

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 1:17am
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When I taught at an inner city magnent school, we applied for many grants, and part of the questions we had to answer were how we were accomodating children with diabilities and special needs and I know we were able to gain more grant money because our school also housed an awsome special eduation program that benifited from many of our grants for fine arts. (I only know from the fine arts stand point - sorry)
I would think that these grants for preschool, would also work the same way.
sorry I couldn't be of more help
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Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 2:15am
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My understanding is any program that receives federal funds must comply. I am assuming these are federal grants?

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 2:49am
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jami
your post is helpful thank you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I didn't know of such questionaires.
momma2boys,
honestly? I don't know. I do remember, however, that it was questionable if the program would be available. It was only days before the program would begin they actually knew. They were waiting on "budget" allocations. Whether it was state or federal I don't know. I should, but I don't.
I've been conditioned to dread asking such questions of the school system. Still, I'm going to ask. I'll let you know their response. Either way, I would find it strange that if a program was "available" it would only be accessible to those without disabilities.......
I'm supposed to get yet another phone call today (I've had several phone conversations since my last post, a couple today even.)
Nothing has been achieved yet. It's always "I will check with so and so". Last word was another suggestion to keep him home on "party days". I also recieved an email from my oldest cubs school. Some names have suddenly popped into the picture. In a matter of days, Persons *working* on this for my youngest cub are suddenly mentioned by name for the first time regarding my oldest cub. Different districts. Different schools................
As part of a few meager requests regarding the situation I've offered to be there during parties. I am getting the feeling this is not an option.....or at least they don't want it to be.
My biggest sin here? Waiting for this to happen. No excuses, but my efforts have been consumed by my older cub's school and his needs. I'm going to have to hold tight, pick up pieces and keep moving forward. My sincerest apologies to my young son. I relied too much on "good will" and promises.
In the meantime, I'm scouring special education websites and case law.

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[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001629.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001629.html[/url]
just linking so my previous post makes sense. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 3:52am
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Section 504
Section 504 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.
Each Federal agency has its own set of section 504 regulations that apply to its own programs. Agencies that provide Federal financial assistance also have section 504 regulations covering entities that receive Federal aid. Requirements common to these regulations include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities; program accessibility; effective communication with people who have hearing or vision disabilities; and accessible new construction and alterations. Each agency is responsible for enforcing its own regulations. Section 504 may also be enforced through private lawsuits. It is not necessary to file a complaint with a Federal agency or to receive a "right-to-sue" letter before going to court.
For information on how to file 504 complaints with the appropriate agency, contact:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Disability Rights Section - NYAV
Washington, D.C. 20530
[url="http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm"]www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm[/url]
(800) 514-0301 (voice)
(800) 514-0383 (TTY)
-If you don't mind answering, is this a named program such as Head Start or a similar program? The reason I ask is my husband works for a C.A.P. org. that handles Head Start, Early Start, etc. and may know what types of grants they receive.
As far as parties, in my kids school they always encourage parents to volunteer or just come observe and visit the class at any time. Never have they discouraged an extra volunteer during a party. I would wonder why.
The second thing, that always pops in my head...If you find out they are required to accomodate your child, and pursue it, how will they react? Will they be resentful? Who will they take that out on? You, your child, both? I also have to ask, if I have to force you to keep my child safe, do I want my child there?
I know at one point I was told by the nurse that there was no way to force teachers to be trained in EpiPen use, so it would be on a volunteer basis only. My very first thought was "If they don't volunteer my child will never set foot in that building." If a group of adults don't feel a need to protect a child and desire the knowledge to save that childs life, they should look for another job.

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 4:46am
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[url="http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/reg2.html"]http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/reg2.html[/url]
Does this mean state funding counts?

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 5:05am
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Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b]The second thing, that always pops in my head...If you find out they are required to accomodate your child, and pursue it, how will they react? Will they be resentful? Who will they take that out on? You, your child, both? I also have to ask, if I have to force you to keep my child safe, do I want my child there?
[/b]
i know i know i know............
a delicate situation, i know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I am so trying to be cooperative, yet not sacrifice [i]what is right[/i].
Those words were pretty close to home. A format I definitely understand.
I asked about the funding. They were unsure. Something also about the program not being a *mandated* program. Not *required*, I guess was the point.
A rule about one parent volunteer in the classroom at any given time was also brought up. Last year, in Early Childhood, there were many parents on occassion. I asked if the *rule* could be ammended. Response was unsure.
Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b]Section 504
Section 504 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service."[/b]
Do you ever get the feeling schools are reading from a different playbook?

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 5:08am
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Momma2boys,
thank you for the link.....(reading)......
edit to add:
the program is called: "Pre-K At Risk". I just called and was told it was an "Early Start/Head Start" program, but each year they call it something else???
She said it was a grant through the State.
Last two years he was in "Early Childhood" and I am told technically that was "Special Education" and the teachers were "Special Education" teachers. For that program, he was placed through screening by the co-op.
I am told in the current "At Risk" program the teachers are not "Special Education" teachers. At least wrt the program my cub is in.
The teacher this year also spoke of an "Early Referral" prior to Full Day Kindergarten.......
I could be wrong. But that is what I was told.
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Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2004 - 11:47am
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I asked dh and he said the head start/early start programs get federal and state funding. I would then assume they have to follow the ADA. He has spoken to the head start director about my sons 504 and she was glad we had followed through on it. He is pretty sure she said they have done them before. He said he can ask her Monday.
Now, as far as the imcomplete diagnosis....at the time of my sons 504 meeting he had never had a reaction. He had a 4+ skin and class v rast, and that was sufficient for them. I mean, we found out when he was a year old, so we just never let him have it. Are you supposed to induce a reaction in him to prove your point? I believe he has since had two contact reactions, and after the first they stopped the sale of pb in the school.
I don't know what to tell you, but I strongly believe a document like the Mass. DOE should become a federal guideline for all schools. I get so sick of seeing all of us fight the same fight over and over. What a waste of time, effort, and heartache just so a child can go to school and come home safely. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b]I don't know what to tell you, but I strongly believe a document like the Mass. DOE should become a federal guideline for all schools. [/b]
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[b] I get so sick of seeing all of us fight the same fight over and over. What a waste of time, effort, and heartache just so a child can go to school and come home safely. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img][/b]
completely understand. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Update. I am allowed to come to the birthday party monday in youngest cub's class. Nothing else definite. Not even sure if this is.
Update. I was made aware the director of my youngest cub's program is invited to attend my [i]oldest cub's IEP meeting[/i]. This person will also possibly observe my oldest cub in school. This person is staff for the district assigned to our address, but not the school my oldest actually attends. My youngest, attends the *At Risk* program ****in district**** (I think).
[i]go figure[/i]. I'm not the expert. Not sure if this is a *good* thing or not. Anyone?

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