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#1 Oleander


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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:18 PM


Statutory request refused, no surprises there!. Is there anyone who can suggest a law firm that represents parents at tribunal, in specific dyslexia of course.

I would appreciate it enormously....

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:24 AM

my gut feeling would be to talk to the British dyslexic association as they would have experienced this before and may either offer direct support or have knowledge of someone who can help.

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#3 Oleander


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:06 AM

Thank you Nick. This is going to be very tough, much harder than I initially thought. I now understand why people give up.

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  • Interests:Hello everyone I've never filled in a profile information blurb before but here goes. <br />My intrests are learning more about computers,SEN, gardening, Yoga, cooking and reading. <br />My pet dislikes are the school giving my dyslexic daughter word searches, Rosie and Jim the childrens series ( I don't like the way they sneak about) and teachers who don't listen. I have found it's a definate advantage to have an inquistive attitude and a questioning nature as far as mu daughter's education is concerned.

Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:14 PM

IPSEA gives support to parents who are appealing to the tribunal service. They have specialist advisors with experience of the tribunal process who can help to guide you through the process. The SENDist tribunal service also advise parents who are appealing. When you lodge your appeal they will send information to guide you through the appeal process.
We have been to appeal and won and we didn’t have a solicitor. I discovered IPSEA just before our appeal. The points that our IPSEA advisor gave us to raise at the appeal hearing helped our case.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:48 PM

OK, thank you Claydon. I rang IPSEA several times today but their number was constantly engaged. I printed off a copy of their "Refusal to Assess", I will continue until someone picks up the phone.

It is encouraging to read you won on appeal. And I'm impressed you did so without legal help. Thanks again.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:06 PM

I agree with Nick and Oleander and try IPSEA or the BDA. They are busy but keep trying to contact them

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:31 PM

Thank you Cariad.

I found another charity online as was getting very worried not getting through to IPSEA; the barrister (free advice) helped me enormously. She did advice I should get a legal expert involved, which we have done. We are at stage 1.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:56 PM

Oleander, please forgive me for being a 'free loader' on your Thread. But I was just now looking though my emails and saw that folks are having a similar problem here in the U.S. The deadline has passed for the petition that they are talking about, and perhaps that's 'just as well', as I hadn't planned to participate anyway, and there's no pressure now for anyone. But take a look at what the lawfirm Wrightslaw sent out to its
subscribers about the DSM-5 and dyslexia. - Vintage

"1. Dyslexia Must Be in the New DSM-5
Call to Action from the International Dyslexia Association
Psychologists use DSM codes to diagnose conditions. In the revised DSM-5, dyslexia no longer has a diagnostic code of its own.

The latest revision, which now omits the term dyslexia, is a significant step backward. This omission will:
•perpetuate the lack of recognition and understanding of dyslexia
•contribute to delays in diagnosis and treatment

IDA Position Statement
If you are concerned about the proposed revisions, email your comments or sign the petition
Act Now! Public Comment period ends June 15.

2. Legalize Dyslexia: Schools Must Accept the Diagnosis of Dyslexia

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, directed by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, is asking you to support a much-needed Bill of Rights for Dyslexic Children and Adults that affirms the following:
•Dyslexia is real: schools must accept the diagnosis of dyslexia
•Dyslexia is a Clinical Diagnosis
•Diagnosis/Identification reflects that it is an unexpected difficulty
•Dyslexia is persistent, no need to retest after high school
•Accommodations required so that high stakes tests assess ability and not disability
•High stakes tests must be reliable, valid and accessible to dyslexic children and adults

Urge Congress to "Legalize Dyslexia: Grant Accommodations to Dyslexic Students."

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