Back to School 2017

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Feeling a little nervous about going back to school? Will you be taking a new bus, going to a new school, or facing new situations? Ask your family to help you make a social story. Here are some tips to get you and your family started.

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Everyone has a first day! Here’s some first day advice from other kids.

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Fill out this form with your family. Keep the bottom half in your backpack and have your family put the top part on your refrigerator.


School would probably be much cooler without homework, but it makes us smart, which is super cool. Here are some elementary school homework tips to start your year off right.

Being a self-advocate is really important.
Take charge of your education and speak up for what you need, what you want, and what works best for you. Here are 10 tips from some expert self-advocates:


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Our experts put together their top 10 back-to-school tips. Read them here.

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It’s never too early to start getting ready for the school bus or specialized transportation outlined in your child’s IEP. Click here for tips on how to handle busing challenges, proactive steps you can take, and whose contact information you should collect.

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Advocating for your child can be stressful. Here are some advocacy strategies that will help turn stress to success.


Every child has the right to a safe and supportive learning environment. Talk to your student about bullying and behavior. Here are some resources to get you started.


At some point you may need the contact information for the Department of Education.