The past post looked at how ASD can and should be identified with an IPRC. Likewise, though many school boards might be reticent to identify a child with other conditions such as Attentional Deficit Hyperactity Disorder, Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder and others that are not specifically noted in the IPRC regulations, there is often a strong argument that can BR made to identify such children. We will explore this issue later.
Back to the story of Emily
Emily’ mother, after consideration, requested an IPRC meeting in writing to the Principal of the school.
Good Practices Comment
Below you will find a sample IPRC request letter. This letter is sent to the principal directly. It is a good practice to bring the letter in yourself but you must remember to remain positive in your interactions. I suggest a paper copy be give, though an email copy could also be sent. If this is not an initial IPRC make any changes appropriate. The letter is brief and to the point. Be sure to individualize the template and make it yours.
Name of School
Address of School
Dear Mr. or Ms (Name of Principal)
Re: (Name of Child) (Date of Birth)
The purpose of this letter is to request that you refer my daughter/son to the school board’s Identification, Placement and Review Committee for the purpose of identifying her/him as an exceptional child and of determining the most enabling educational placement with appropriate programs and Services for her/him.
I do want to thank you for your consideration for and support of my son/daughter. The school has been very embracing and accommodating of Emily and her needs.
Emily father, Mr. O’Neil, has a visual impairment and will require materials written in Braille.
Thank you for processing this request promptly. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
cc (Superintendent of your Family of Schools)