From: James P. DeLorenzo
Subject: Guidelines for Determining a Student with a Disability’s Need for a One-to-One Aide
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to assist Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSEs) and Committees on Special Education (CSEs) in determining a student with a disability’s need for a one-to-one aide. A recommendation for an individual aide is a significant programmatic decision and one that should only be made after a comprehensive discussion of other options considered and clear documentation of as to why those options are not appropriate. While, some students may temporarily need the support of a one-to-one aide to receive a free appropriate public education1, for other students, the assignment of a one-to-one aide may be unnecessarily and inappropriately restrictive. Footnote references have been provided to examples of legal decisions relating to the use of one-to-one aides.
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One-to-One Aide Jan 2012