VIDEO: What Does FAPE Mean Now?
Key Takeaway: Your child cannot be denied FAPE nor the modifications, accommodations, services, and supports listed within their IEPs, regardless of distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we enter this new school year, many of us are wondering: What is happening with my child’s IEP and accommodations? Special education attorney and Special X legal consultant Grace Clark spoke with us about our kids’ continued rights to a free appropriate public education — also known as FAPE. Watch this video to learn how the change in delivery during distance learning does not change our child's right to receive every modification, accommodation, service, and support listed in their IEP, nor does it cancel the rights granted through IDEA. As Grace explains, federal law means that our children can never be denied FAPE — even a pandemic doesn’t change that. Along with tips and advice for how to maintain our child’s access to modifications (Bring your concerns to the IEP team! Be open to creative and collaborative solutions!), Grace reminds us that just because services and supports may look different this year, that doesn’t mean they should be any less than. You can hear more from Grace on September 3rd when she participates in Special X’s next live panel, Distance Learning 2.0: Legal Rights, Collaboration & FAPE. Find more event details here and RSVP here! And if you have a question about FAPE that Grace doesn't cover here, please let us know in the comments below.