The Department of Education "provides ABA services as it relates to the educational needs of our students. For those that require it as part of their individualized education program, the Department has and will continue to provide access to ABA licensed staff and providers," said assistant Superintendent Suzanne Mulcahy.
Email exchanges between Debra Farmer (DOE), Suzanne Mulcahy (Assistant Superintendent, DOE) and Dr. Amanda N. Kelly (Licensed Behavior Analyst)
Email 1 Dr. Kelly to DOE
Email 2 & 3 DOE (Debra Farmer) to Dr. Kelly, and Dr. Kelly's reply
Email 4 DOE (Debra Farmer) to Dr. Kelly
Email 5 DOE (Debra Farmer) to Dr. Kelly
Email 6 Dr. Kelly to DOE
Email 7 Dr. Kelly to DOE
Email 8 DOE (Debra Farmer) to Dr. Kelly
Email 9 Dr. Kelly to DOE
DOE refuses to provide ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) as a part of FAPE and then also denies our keiki their right to access medically necessary ABA during the school day on school campuses.
Hawai'i News Now Coverage (10/5/2017) - Tachera, parent of two special needs children, told Hawaii News Now she was flabbergasted. "I felt like my voice was silenced when she took away the microphone," she said. Dr. Amanda N. Kelly, a Licensed Behavior Analyst who's been sharing videos of several meetings on For Our Keiki's Facebook page, said she's been disturbed by how the superintendent is responding to parents' questions. "This is not how you interface in Hawaii," she said. "I'm obviously not from Hawaii, but you listen to the community."
"As assistant superintendent of OCISS, Mulcahy oversees development and implementation of DOE policies to advance student learning through accountability metrics, standards-based curriculum and student support. The office is also charged with helping schools meet state and federal mandates."
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October 5, 2017 - “Ultimately, we simply do not believe that the legislature intended to permit insurers to exclude coverage in the sensory-laden educational environment where children spend large portions of their days, or to require families to litigate the issue of medical necessity discretely in individual cases to secure such location-specific coverage for the treatment,” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, who wrote the 22-page majority opinion, said.
Endrew’s parents contended that the
final IEP proposed by the school district was not “reasonably calculated to enable [Endrew] to receive educational
benefits” and that Endrew had therefore been denied a
FAPE. Rowley, 458 U. S., at 207.
Endrew’s IEPs largely carried over the same basic goals and objectives from one year to the next, indicating that he was failing to make meaningful progress toward his aims. LEARN MORE
Instruction Must be 'Specially Designed' to Meet 'Child's Unique Needs' Through an IEP
Later, the Court returned to these concepts: “A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA. The instruction offered must be ‘specially designed’ to meet a child’s ‘unique needs’ through an “[i]ndividualized education program.” §§1401(29), (14)
October 27, 2016 - ABA is perceived as lying on the intersection between medicine and education. While this provides for two potential sources of funding, the perception can hurt the cause by scattering responsibility and reducing accountability. These sectors provide a pretext for each other, leaving parents to fend for themselves with the deck stacked against them. The educational system provides, in an unfocused manner, the minimum required of it by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), and medical insurance can only be relied upon when specific mandates are in place. What is needed is a clear division of responsibility with one sector—perhaps the educational—taking charge and seeing to it that the obligations are, in fact, discharged. READ MORE
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