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ID Clothing featured in Baby & Kids magazine

May 14, 2016

Independence Day Clothing is for everyone, Lauren says in interview.

When Independence Day Clothing Company founder and president Lauren Thierry sat down with Baby & Kids magazine recently, she described how this unique clothing line was a natural solution for young people with sensory disorders. "I spent years watching my son Liam struggle with getting dressed. He has difficulty telling what's front and back and what's the inside and outside. Plus, all the typical buttons and zippers and belts were real fumbling blocks that turned getting ready for school into an hour long project most days. I knew that thousands and thousands of other caregivers faced the same issues. And I knew there had to be a better way." She said her goal was to help boost independent living skills, hence the company name and the designs. But, Lauren also pointed out, the company has had terrific response from parents across the board who just want to take the stress out of getting a young person dressed.  

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Girls' Dresses 20% off

Our Spring collection dresses can be worn for any occasion! Flattering center block panels front and back with 3/4 bell sleeves make this on-trend choise easy to put on and take off. Inside-out reversible, so it's like getting two dresses in one. Available colors: Paris Blossoms (shown,) Red Wine/Charcoal, Charcoal Phantom Stripes, Charcoal/Black. In sizes XS, S, M, LG, XL, XXL for tweens, teens and young adults. Sensory smooth fabric. Machine washable. In stock for delivery from our US warehouse.

 

Summer is the time for Extended School Year Services

If your child receives special education services during the regular school year under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA,) he or she may be eligible for a program of special education services beyond the normal school year. Such services are commonly referred to as extended school year (ESY) services. They may come into play any time outside the normal school day and hours, but the summer break is one period where ESY services are especially important. 

 

Extended School Year (ESY) services are individualized special education programs such as language therapy and occupational therapy. but many other therapeutic services are covered. The need for ESY services is determined a student’s IEP team at school. As stipulated by federal regulations, all ESY services must be provided at no cost to the parents. Extended School Year services are not necessarily the same as summer school, compensatory services or enrichment programs, however. And, ESY services are not limited to the summer break.  The federal IDEA regulations define “extended school year services” to include all special education and related services provided to a child with a disability. Regulations require ESY services to be:

 

1) beyond the normal school year of the public agency (typically the school district,)

2) in accord with a child’s IEP,

3) at no cost to the parents of the child,

4) aligned with standards of each state's educational agency.

 

Any student who is eligible to receive special education and related services may be eligible for ESY services. The decision is based solely on individual needs of the student. While federal IDEA regulations provide little specific guidance about how to determine a student’s eligibility for ESY, they do offer a few general requirements.

 

Among those federal ESY requirements: 

 

1) All school districts must assure that ESY services are available as necessary to eligible students. (This doesn’t mean that every school district must provide the services itself. Rather, each district must guarantee availability. So, for example, a district might provide ESY services to eligible students by contracting with a nearby district or a private provider.) 

 

2) Your child's specific type of disability does not determine eligibility. School districts are not allowed to limit ESY services to particular categories of disability. So, for example, any individual  school district may not put forth a policy that prohibits ESY services for students with a learning disability.

 

3) School districts may not unilaterally limit the type, amount or duration of ESY services. So, for example, a school district may not have a policy that restricts ESY services to the same period of time that it conducts its regular summer school program for all students.

 

4) A school district may not use a lack of resources as a reason for not examining a student’s need for ESY services or for not providing ESY services to an eligible student. "We don't have the funding," is not permittted as an excuse to deny ESY services.

 

If you're new to the topic of federal IDEA requirements and ESY services, more information may be found at greatschools.org and the US Department of Education's IDEA Web site.

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