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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
https://www.peatc.org/


PARENT SURVEY
Click the following link for the survey in English: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020SurveyEnglish   

Click the following link for the survey in Spanish: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020SurveyEspanol   

Private School Parent Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020PVTSCHPARENT

Private School Student Survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020PVTSCHSTUDENT


SUSPICION OF A DISABILITY
If you suspect your pre-school age student has a disability, please contact 
Ashley Safrit, SCT Pre-School coordinator at 540-586-8339.

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.


SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SEAC)
Bedford County Public Schools’ Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Questions regarding the Special Education Advisory Committee can be directed to the Special Services office at 540-586-1045. 

Click here for more information.


VIRGINIA FAMILY SPECIAL EDUCATION CONNECTION
The Virginia Family Special Education Connection is a 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


THE PARENT EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY TRAINING CENTER
This website provides information and training 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


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:

Special Education Procedural Rights and Safeguards (English)

Los derechos de la familia con respecto a educación especial


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


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


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. Links to information about CVAAG and Family Support Group information are as follows:

Central Virginia Autism Action Group

CVAAG & Family Support Group Information


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


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


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 VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/PROFILE OF A VIRGINIA 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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