If your child is being disciplined at school for behavior that you think was caused by his or her disability, here are some steps you can take:
1. Find information about your child's case study
Look for information from your child’s case study evaluation that may show that their behavior resulted from their disability;
2. Find information about your child's disability
Look for information from outside sources (including books about disabilities, your physician, and the internet) that discuss the types of behavior common for students with your child’s disability;
3. Prepare questions
Prepare questions that you can ask the educational professionals in the meeting about your child’s disability and the common behaviors of students with this disability.
If you believe that your child’s behavior happened because the school was not following his or her Individualized Education program (IEP), here are some steps you can take:
4. Read IEP carefully
Read carefully through the IEP and record any services that were not provided to your child;
5. Check to see if there is a BIP
Look to see whether a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) was created for your child that may not have been followed;
6. Prepare questions
Prepare questions for your child’s teachers and school administrators about the parts of the IEP that may not have been followed.
The school can consider any unique circumstances on a case by case basis when deciding whether or not to expel. This is a good provision for parents to quote when they are having trouble proving that their student’s behavior is due to their disability. It reminds school personnel to use common sense and consider the student’s unique circumstances.