New from NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, on aides and LRE.
Question: Is having a one-on-one assistant the “most restrictive” setting for a student with a disability?
Answer: No. The type of support that a student requires has nothing to do with the degree to which her educational placement is considered to be “restrictive” under IDEA, the Federal special education law.
Whoever wrote the NICHCY FAQ is a lot more generous than I would be
The truth about LRE
Some parents who ask about a one-on-one assistant for their child are told that this kind of individual support would be the most restrictive setting for their child, and that moving the child into a separate classroom or separate school would actually be less restrictive. This is simply not true, and probably reflects a lack of information on the part of the person making that statement.
Parents of students in special education must educate themselves about their students' rights, as so often the special education director or the district are misinformed -- if not downright dissembling -- about students' rights