I had posted that the school had sent us a notice of the Manifestation evaluation ARD about 3 weeks ago and just wanted to give an update and had a few questions. The ARD was 2 weeks ago and I was so upset over the meeting I couldn't bring myself to discuss it. But time has passed and I've calmed down enough to see past the rude reception we received at ARD. They set the meeting to discuss a possible change of placement to the most restrictive setting outside of the school. Without getting to into detail this was the worst and most difficult ARD to date. Previosly all ARDs had been supportive and understanding regardless if addressing academic or behavioral concerns. The admin was so rude I get mad just thinkiing about it. I neither expect nor desire sympathy but I don't think common courtesy is asking to much. Anyway best not to go to far into that subject at the moment. The end result was that difficult child would stay full-time in a BI Unit and be mainstreamed back into his regular class settings after Spring Break. Also he will be taken out of classes not part of core curriculum like Art. He will go to BI and work on social skills or catch up on work for those periods. I was ok with all this because we were dealing in medication problem which in my opinion contributed to the behavior in the first place, and this would give me time to discuss options with physc. We are going to try something a little different with dosages and medication schedule and hopefully the effectiveness will improve and difficult child can finish out the year successfully. When I originally posted my concern over this ARd several people suggested an Advocate but I was not able to find anyone except local attorneys in my area. I found online listings at the state level but nothing locally. Is this typical? Do parents usually have to pay for services? I hope that I do not find myself feeling the need for an Advocate but after that ARD I think it's best to be prepared. Also he was do for reavaluation and we discussed the report during the ARD as well and the diagnostician(spell?) found some traits of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which has always been the case, but not enough to give full diagnosis. I felt she was very good and went into detail on report and testing including what she found regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) evaluation and we decided to have another outside evaluation. And just as important and certainly much needed and felt was her open and cosiderate attitude. They call this something but I forgot and I don't have my notes with me off hand. Anyway another question was regarding this, does anyone have info regrarding ARD requests for outside assessments? Does the district pick and schedule with Doctor or can we take him to someone of our choosing?