One of the biggest challenges facing special needs parents is keeping track of mountains of special needs paperwork. Organizing, storing, finding what you need, when you need it. Aaack! What a time-sucking pain!
So here's our simple tip for easing that pain in 2021:
Ask for pdf copies. Of everything.
The law is on your side here.
Schools must provide you with digital copies of your minor child's IEPs and education records at your request. Download 3 Essential Education Records Rights for Special Needs Parents here.
You have a right to obtain digital copies of your minor child's medical records.
Other service providers have no reason to not give you pdf copies of their digital files of your minor child's service records. Just ask!
So, in 2021 make it a habit of asking for pdf copies of your minor child's education and health care records. The law is on your side.
Then when 2022 rolls around, you'll have a whole lot less paperwork to deal with. And more time for meaningful things.
So, what are you going to do with all of those flash drives? A drawer full of thumbs can also be a pain.