Allow for modified school schedule in CCPS for children with autism

Allow for modified school schedule in CCPS for children with autism

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Celeste Chamberlain started this petition to Charles County School Board

Families of children with autism often have to choose between full time school placement and outside services because there are not enough hours in the day for both.  This is especially true for ABA therapy which tends to require an extensive time commitment. Charles County Public Schools (Maryland) will not allow children to have a modified school schedule to receive this service, even when requested by doctors and parents.  Parents are encouraged to take due-process action against the IEP Team which often results in a poor parent/school relationship, out of pocket legal fees and courts upholding the recommendation of the school.  CCPS should come up with a solution to facilitate the request of parents seeking a modified schedule and accommodate a parents choice for their child to receive outside school services. 

My personal journey on this issue has spanned almost a year of seeking approval from my IEP team, which I was told does not have the authority to make a change to school schedule.  Taking the issue to the principal, Director of Special Education, and superintendent all of whom told me "Request Denied" because it wasn't in my IEP.  It has been a year of passing the buck, no one from leadership staff will actually speak to me and I'm torn with how I get my child the services he needs within the parameters of the public school system. It has been a confusing and stressful process that is broken and needs to be fixed. 

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