& Related Services
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA") is a federal law that guarantees FAPE to eligible students with disabilities.
Under the law, an Individualized Education Program ("IEP") must be developed and tailored to meet the unique needs of the student.
One of the main purposes of IDEA is to prepare students with disabilities for the future - meaning further education, employment, and independent living.
Free Appropriate Public Education
Does your child have a disability or do you suspect that they do? Is he/she struggling in school?
Under two key federal laws, all schools that receive any federal financial assistance must provide students with disabilities a Free Appropriate Public Education ("FAPE").
Simply put, it is your child's right to receive an education designed to address their individual needs so they can make meaningful academic progress!
Section 504 Plans
"Section 504" of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
Students who don't qualify under IDEA may be eligible for services under Section 504. It entitles them to FAPE & requires an equal opportunity be provided to participate in activities & services at school.
Section 504 applies to any school receiving federal funds - including colleges, adult education programs, & vocational schools.
DDMA stands for "Don't Dis My Abilities"
DDMA is the mindset Robin Petty brings to the table when advocating on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. Though he stresses that every individual has their own unique needs, his experiences as a wheelchair user has given him certain insights that allow him to understand many of the challenges & obstacles people with disabilities face. Robin had a 504 Plan when he was in school and he has used many different social services & supports.
Every lesson he's learned has provided the tools that enable him to assist and advocate for his clients – be they individuals, families, organizations, or communities. He receives a great amount of satisfaction from his efforts & uses empathy, a deep compassion, & a keen sense of justice – as well as his experience as an in-group member – to know and empower families to gain access to valuable programs, needed services & other community resources.