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The Tennessee Department of Education has changed the IEP designations for paraprofessionals/aides who work with kids. The new designations are “Aide in the Special Education Setting” and “Aide in the General Education Setting.” The important thing to know about his change is that both of these terms of art mean that a student will be supported by a person who has responsibility for EITHER one OR two children.  If you are the parent of a child who requires 1:1 support from a paraprofessional in order to receive a free, appropriate public education, then you need to make sure that your child’s IEP adequately documents this.  Because there currently is no designation for a 1:1 aide that can be used on the service page of the IEP,  you will need to ask the team to add language to the LRE section (last page of the IEP) noting that the student will receive 1:1 support (specify the times or portions of the day that this service will be provided). If your county takes minutes during IEP meetings, ask that this information be reflected in the minutes/notes, as well. Also, you can follow up after your IEP meeting with an email documenting your understanding of what occurred during the meeting, to include your understanding that your child will be receiving 1:1 support (during the portions of the day agreed upon). 

For more information, here is a link to a recent memo from the State regarding this topic:

We wanted to let you all know that for the 2017-2018 school year, SEAC will not be providing direct advocacy services to families.  Our leadership and Board have decided to devote resources this school year to engaging in strategic planning around our organization’s future and priorities.  We do plan to provide some parent trainings this school year, information about which will be shared here.  We hope to resume our direct advocacy services by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.  In the meantime, should you need direct advocacy services, you can contact Erin Richardson at erin@specialeducationadvocacycenter.org for information about other organizations and individuals providing those services.  Thank you for your understanding.