Just hearing the word "ARD (Admission Review and Dismissal meeting)" can cause terror in some parents. I can remember sitting in my very first ARD meeting. My husband was out of town and I did not know that I could take anyone with me, so I went by myself. I was brought in and given a chair at a very large table. The room was filled with people I had never seen before. To say that I felt intimidated is an understatement.
I believe the only words I said were my name and "yes" because I was nervous and felt out of place.
That was 6 years ago, and I have learned so much in that time. But I still have so much to learn.
I always try to write down my questions before going to an ARD, so I won’t forget them. Here is a list of questions I try to ask each time:
Never be afraid to ask for clarification or an explanation. It is important to understand everything said.
These questions will not cover every issue that may be discussed in the ARD and you may have many others that you want to add. But this is a good place to begin.
The Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (ARD) section has more information for you.
When our kids start school, they might need to be assessed for special education services. Sometimes this isn't needed until they've been in school a few years. The school district must identify and evaluate all children with disabilities. Once identified, they must be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education or FAPE.
Categories: Education & Schools