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Snapple122 01-12-2009 07:26 PM

giving my consent?
 
Hey guys

So, I've been going to the doctor for a few months now.. he's kind of a therapist.
My doctor was going to send all my records over to my school. My guidance counsler at school wants these records so they can give me a special code for like, extra help and stuff, and to make an individual plan for me and stuff.
The trouble is, I don't want this. I don't want to be coded or anything. I kind of don't care if they get my records, I just do not want them to do the coding and stuff. I want to get through this on my own and not be.. "different". I don't care that other people have codes and stuff.. it's fine for them, but not me.
I just turned 18.. do they not need MY consent to send the stuff? My moms going to sign the release stuf.. I'm 18 now.. what if I don't give my consent?
what should I do?

Spastic_Dove 01-12-2009 07:30 PM

I don't really know what you mean by "codes" but if you are 18 I'm pretty positive that they would need your consent.

Snapple122 01-12-2009 07:41 PM

my guidance counsellor didnt say I had to sign anything though, he just told my mom to come in and sign so I'm a little worried..

JustDressageIt 01-12-2009 07:53 PM

Could be that since you're still under your mom's care, she has to consent for anything - especially in a school-type situation.

LauraB 01-12-2009 08:42 PM

I am not sure if it is this way in Canada or not but I work at a doctor's office in the US and at 18 they would need your consent to release records.

Snapple122 01-12-2009 08:44 PM

Oh ok. Thanks everyone!!
I talked to my mom and she said she wouldn't sign if I didn't want to.

Joshie 01-12-2009 11:36 PM

In the US you don't have to let the school have access to all your medical records in order to have an IEP (a plan necessary to level the playing field, so to say). You may still qualify for assistance. I'd ask your mom to check out accommodations available to you. In the US, there you'd be looking at 504 plans or IEPs.

My2Geldings 01-13-2009 12:48 AM

I did not understand a single thing about what you posted but by law unless you are considered to be a harm to yourself or others, or you are mentally decapacitated no records of your can be transferred to anyone without your prior knowledge.

Dumas'_Grrrl 01-13-2009 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Joshie (Post 228983)
In the US you don't have to let the school have access to all your medical records in order to have an IEP (a plan necessary to level the playing field, so to say). You may still qualify for assistance. I'd ask your mom to check out accommodations available to you. In the US, there you'd be looking at 504 plans or IEPs.


This is my understanding of it too. My 8yo son is enrolled in and IEP and we did not have to release any of his medical records. ( he was basically def from age 2-5 with ear problems...so he had to be held back in kindergarten. He just wasn't learning because he couldn't hear.) We've gotten his ear problems under control and he's doing well, but the school is trying to get him back up to speed so to speak. No actual medical records were needed to do this though.

Joshie 01-13-2009 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl (Post 229309)
This is my understanding of it too. My 8yo son is enrolled in and IEP and we did not have to release any of his medical records. ( he was basically def from age 2-5 with ear problems...so he had to be held back in kindergarten. He just wasn't learning because he couldn't hear.) We've gotten his ear problems under control and he's doing well, but the school is trying to get him back up to speed so to speak. No actual medical records were needed to do this though.

They often ask for this information but I've found that it's often not in your best interest to let schools speak with doctors. You're better off getting any school questions in writing and them asking the doctor to answer the question. That way YOU know what info is being given the school and you know it's not being misunderstood.

An example: child has a neuromuscular disorder that causes fatigue. Child is able to run but if he does this the child will lose skills. IEP accommodation requested is to take rests as needed and not to be physically active at recess or PE. School calls MD and asks if child is able to run. Doctor says yes. Accommodation request is then denied. OK, this is an extreme example but I think it's usually in the parents' and child's best interest to control the information.

This applies to the US. Unfortunately, I'm a veteran of many IEPs.


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