January 1, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Looking back, Special Education has been in the news a lot over the past twelve months; particularly here in Texas. Unfortunately, most of the news has not been good.  On the bright side, public awareness of the challenges facing students with...

March 22, 2017

In an 8-0 decision handed down this morning, the Supreme Court struck down the Tenth Circuit's application of the "merely more than de minimis" standard when assessing whether a child with a disability has been provided a Free Appropriate Public Education under the IDE...

February 6, 2017

Thanks to some poor decisions at both the state and local level, students with disabilities in Texas find themselves under-identified, underserved, underfunded and underachieving. Enabled Advocacy has joined a growing number of parents, teachers, advocates and disabili...

December 18, 2016

 Last week, representatives from the US DOE's Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) conducted a series of "listening sessions" in order to provide members of the public the opportunity to comment on issues...

September 1, 2015

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found that, compared to their non-ADHD peers, high school students diagnosed with ADHD

  1. received lower grades;

  2. took far fewer advanced level courses;

  3. failed significantly more classes;

    ...

February 18, 2014

The Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) report is arguably the most important element in the Special Education process. It is central to determining eligibility, calculating present levels of academic and functional performance (PLAAFP) and developing the Individualiz...

January 4, 2014

I'm sure you are familiar with the old parental lament, "If only kids came with an instruction manual!" Wishful thinking, right? Or is it? What if parents could work together with a team of experts to develop such a manual for their child? They could review the child's...

August 4, 2013

 When we first become parents, we cannot help but reflect on our own childhood. It is, after all, our only real frame of reference. We remember all the happy times and look forward to continuing those traditions or sharing similar experiences with our children. We also...

June 21, 2013

Let's say you have a daughter named Dorothy. 

Dorothy is (ahem) 9 years old and has recently been evaluated for special education and related services for her ADHD and high functioning autism.  A few days later, you receive your club Welcome Packet and official "Team Do...

June 14, 2013

In order to better explain the Special Education eligibility evaluation and determination process, I thought it best to break things down into a series of questions and answers. Hopefully, it makes sense to everyone.

QUESTION 1: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SPECIAL EDUCAT...

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Special Education Advocate

Christine Broughal

Austin, TX

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Tel: 512-554-9777

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