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Are you the parent of a child receiving special education services that is considering placing your child in a private program, for denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)? Would you like to have a sample letter that will help you in your advocacy? This article will include a sample of a letter that will help you in your fight for an appropriate education for your child.

Mr. Stone
Special Education Coordinator
Seagull School District
1200 Rock Rd.
Seagreen Il. 60902

Date: June 25, 20___

Dear Mr. Stone:

This letter is to notify you that we are placing our daughter Gwen (Date of Birth 06-02-20__) in a private school (called Hope Academy), and will be seeking reimbursement for the placement, due to the fact that the school district is denying my child’s disability, and found her ineligible for special education services. This ineligibility is denying our daughter a free appropriate public education!

When Gwen was in Early Intervention we participated in all of the transition meetings. We made sure that the schools representative had copies of all of Gwen’s evaluations, that had been done up to that point. A domain meeting to discuss testing was held, which my husband and I participated in. We totally disagreed with the IEP team that Gwen did not need further testing to see if she was eligible for special education services. The IEP team then stated that Gwen was ineligible for special education services; which we also disagreed with. Gwen has now been without her needed special education services for over 6 months and we see regression in what she is able to do and communicate!

Gwen has had several Early Intervention and private evaluations where she was diagnosed with: Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder, Severe developmental delays in several areas, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, and fine motor difficulty. All of the evaluators agree that Gwen has several disabilities and that she requires special education services to benefit from her education! Also, a long list of recommendations was totally ignored by the school district.

In a recent US Supreme Court ruling the justices found that: A reading of the Act that left parents without an adequate remedy when a school district unreasonably failed to identify a child with disabilities, would not comport with Congress’s acknowledgment of the paramount importance of properly identifying each child eligible for services.

Because of this ruling my husband and I are eligible for reimbursement of private school expenses because our daughter is being denied FAPE, and because we believe that Hope Academy is an appropriate placement for her. We are enclosing information on the Hope Academy with this letter.

Please let us know if you would like to evaluate Gwen because we would be happy to make her available to you.

Bob and Sara Michaels
123 Cullins St.
Seagreen Il. 60902

JoAnn Collins is the mother of two adults with disabilities, and has helped families navigate the special education system, as an advocate, for over 15 years. She is a presenter and author of the book “Disability Deception; Lies Disability Educators Tell and How Parents Can Beat Them at Their Own Game.” The book has a lot of resources and information to help parents fight for an appropriate education for their child.

By rahul