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Choosing Back-to-School Supplies...and Battles

August 6, 2007

Pencils, paper and backpacks are just the beginning of the back-to-school routine for thousands of Tennessee parents of students with disabilities. Holly Lu Conant Rees with the Tennessee Disability Coalition on Education says while most parents are choosing school supplies, parents of children with disabilities are "choosing their battles." She says parents need to put school routines into place early, and start contacting schools now to talk about what they want for their children and to look at the long-term.

"I think it's important for families to do some thoughtful consideration of what outcomes they want for students."

Conant Rees says some schools are requiring "standard dress" this year, which includes tucked-in shirts. She points out that won't work for some students with disabilities who have skin sensitivities, or those with obsessive traits that can be amplified by restrictive clothing. And parents need to talk with school officials about those issues before classes start.

Conant Rees reports that some parents say that schools have told them special classes or instruction won't be available until two weeks after school starts. She notes that shouldn't be the case, and parents need to be proactive in contacting everyone they can think of at the school.

"Communication with all of the people in the building that will be encountering and touching the life of the student is critical, and sometimes, that includes the bus driver."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - TN