Parent Resources

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Parents are important partners in the special education process and it is our desire to learn from you to  improve our programs for each student. We want to assist you in learning about our programs. Please see the information and resource links below.

PARENT TRAINING- NEW     Press Release – VDOE Presents “Critical Decision Point” Training for Parents of Students with Disabilities 
MEMO 252-18
Training Opportunity - Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

SUSPICION OF A DISABILITY
If you suspect your pre-school age student has a disability, please contact
Cathy Bolen, SCT Pre-School coordinator or call New London Academy at 434-525-2177 and ask for Cathy Bolen.

If you suspect that your child has a disability, and your child is currently enrolled in Bedford County Public Schools and is currently not receiving services as a student with a disability, please contact your child's school and ask to speak to the SCT Coordinator for that school. 

If you placed your child at a private school located in Bedford County, please contact the Bedford County School Board Office at 540-586-1045 and ask for someone in Special Services to assist you. 

If you placed your child at a private school located in a locality outside of Bedford County, please contact that locality for assistance with investigating Special Education Services.


ONLINE REFERENCE TOOLS
The following is a list of compiled websites and/or contact information which may be of interest to parents of students with disabilities.

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Parent Resource Center - NEW LOCATION!!

Parent Coordinator: Lula Bowyer

The Parent Resource Center is a facility located at 804 East Main Street Suite 2 in Bedford which houses a wealth of resources for parents of students with disabilities to include reference materials, outreach, and guidance for parents.
Hours of Operation:  Monday and Tuesday 9:00-11:30 AM.
                                     Thursday 9:00-11:30 AM 
                                     Otherwise by appointment. 
Please call 540-586-8990 for more information. Fax: 540-586-5950. 

A link to a descriptive brochure for the Parent Resource Center is as follows:
Parent Resource Center


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Bedford County Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Bedford County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of eligible students who receive special education and/or related services and reside in the division; other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of services and planning to meet these needs. 

Bedford’s SEAC meets the months of August, October, December, February, April and sometimes June of each year.  Meetings are open to the public and public comments are welcome and limited to three minutes per person for a maximum length of twenty minutes.

Questions regarding the Special Education Advisory Committee can be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 540-586-8990 or to the Special Services office at 540-586-1045. 

 2018-19 SEAC Calendar








Virginia Family Special Education Connection

The Virginia Family Special Education Connection is a website (click section title for link to the website) dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues, practices and services to Virginia families who have children with disabilities. This resource was developed by VDOE, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University. A link to the website is as follows:

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

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The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

This website ) provides information about special education for children with special needs in Virginia.  A link to the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is as follows;

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center


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Procedural Safeguards

This document includes the full explanation of all of the procedural safeguards available to parents of students with disabilities. Links to this document are included as follows:

S
pecial Education Procedural Rights and Safeguards (English)

Los derechos de la familia con respecto a educación especial


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A Parent's Guide to Special Education

This document was developed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in an effort to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, your child's rights, and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of identified children. It includes a description of the special education process and what is required of parents and the school during each step of that process. Important timelines are highlighted in each section. This guide was revised in 2010. Links to this document are included as follows:

A Parent's Guide To Special Education (English)

Guía de Educación Especial para Padres

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Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia

These regulations set forth the requirements of the Board of Education regarding the provision of special education and related services to children with disabilities in the Commonwealth, reflecting both state and federal requirements. The regulations are applicable to all local school divisions, state-operated programs, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind at Staunton, and private schools in the Commonwealth that provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. A link to this document is as follows:

REGULATIONS GOVERNING SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN VIRGINIA 

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Central Virginia Autism Action Group

The mission of the Autism Action Groups is to provide leadership in the implementation of a regional system of services and resources to maximize the potential and quality of life of each individual with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. Llinks to information about CVAAG and Family Support Group information are as follows:
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Central Virginia Autism Action Group

CVAAG & Family Support Group Information

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I'm Determined

This website is an asset to assist parents with strategies to assist children in developing self-determination skills and identifying options after high school. A link to the website is as follows:

I'm Determined

 
 
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Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. A link to their website is as follows:

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired


The Department of Education shall annually prepare and distribute to local school boards packets of information describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Local school boards shall annually post this information on the school division's website and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access.

Resources for Families of Children with Sensory Disabilities:

     - Specific Disabilities-Sensory Disabilities 
     -  http://www.pen.k12.va.us/administrators/superintendents_memos/2018/279-18a.docx
     - Guidelines for Working With Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia Public Schools
     - Guidelines for Working With Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired in Virginia Public Schools

 
 Age of Majority

When a student reaches the age of 18, that adult student is presumed under Virginia law to be capable of making his or her own decisions – including educational decisions. Initially, the student and parent(s) are notified, at least one year prior to the student’s eighteenth birthday that the transfer of rights will occur at age 18. The following link leads to the VDOE Technical Resource Document (Updated 2015) on this topic.

Age of Majority - Transfer of Rights
 
 Earning a Virginia High School Diploma / Profile of a VA Graduate

The following link leads to the VDOE site which includes a list of frequently asked questions and answers about earning a Virginia high school diploma.

            http://www.pen.k12.va.us/instruction/graduation/index.shtml
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