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Originally Posted On: Vest Makes Managing Special Needs Records Easier for the School Year (vestlife.com)
As the parent of a special needs child, you have numerous concerns and things to juggle. This includes extra medical needs, concerns about how others will know how to care for your child after you are gone, and managing their special needs records.
In the United States between 2015-2018, 17.8% of children between the ages of 3-17 were diagnosed with a developmental disability. Children in rural areas had a higher incidence of diagnosis for a disability than those in urban areas. Rural areas had a higher level of ADHD diagnoses.
Whatever your child’s disability, record-keeping is intense. You may not have the energy to organize all the details of your child’s life.
Keeping up-to-date on what you need to handle, much less what others need to know if something should happen to you, is now possible through the use of Vest.
What Is Vest?
Vest is a cloud application that lets you create a Vest for managing your child’s needs. This is where you save everything that is important for managing your child’s life.
Why the name Vest? Because that is what this program is—a life vest for keeping your child’s needs safe and protected as they progress forward. It has all kinds of handy pockets in which you organize everything, so it is easy to find.
A life vest keeps you floating on top of the water. With Vest, you will no longer have a sinking feeling as you juggle with the organization of record keeping. Using the pockets in your child’s vest, you can easily store and locate everything for quick access later.
What Equipment Do I Need?
The beauty of Vest is that it is a cloud application. This means it works from your desktop computer, laptop, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, or other tablets. You can easily access all your information at any time you need it.
It doesn’t matter whether you are sitting at your desk at work, zipping through things on your tablet at home, or attending an IEP meeting with only your phone. You can quickly access anything you have entered into the Vest for quick reference.
Keep Your Child’s Planning Team Informed
Whether your child is on a 504 Plan or an IEP, you need to communicate with their educational team at school. This gives you an easy means to notify them regarding medication changes, medical recommendations to improve their learning, behavioral issues, and more.
In addition to your child’s educational team, you also have the ability to share this information with potential caregivers in the future. Depending on your child’s level of disability, they may need assistance and caregivers throughout their life. Everyone needs to remain current on your child’s changing needs.
Organizing Special Needs Records
We’ve all been there. You are trying to check something on your child’s IEP and can’t figure out where you put it for safe-keeping. Your child’s medication has changed, and you want to notify their IEP team but can’t remember their names. They were having complete melt-downs at age 8 but have outgrown that at age 11.
Whatever the reason, trying to organize the mass amount of paperwork and information necessary for managing the life of a special needs child is overwhelming. That is where the Vest comes to the rescue. Vest is going to help you get all of these items more organized:
- Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
- Medication lists
- Service Providers
- School Papers
- Behavioral Issues
- Team Updates
Maybe you are reading this and thinking this program isn’t for you. After all, you are a super-organized person and know where everything is. You may have drawers of file folders neatly labeled, but are those stacks of documents going to tell someone who your child really is, what their needs really are?
Remember, your child will become an adult. You will not always be there to guide them when they are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. You want whoever is assisting them in living their adult life to have full knowledge of the person they are.
You may be up-to-date and knowledgeable about your child’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You now have experience in the IEP process, who will be in attendance, and what the process entails.
If someone needs to take over the management of your child’s needs, they may not be aware of these resources. Having them kept easily accessible in the Vest is the way to ensure your child receives appropriate care.
Even you may not recall the steps to object to an IEP meeting that does not go well or take other action to ensure your or your child’s rights are met. Every parent needs Vest to help them organize their child’s life. Every special needs child deserves Vest to help them go on to lead a happy, fulfilled life as an adult.
Who Is Behind Vest?
Dealing with the trials of managing both the personal and paperwork requirements of a special needs child is a challenge. That is why Michael Pearce, CEO, and founder of Vest, created Vest. Michael’s goal is to assist parents in juggling everything pertaining to their special needs child.
With 25-years of experience, his success is found in the number of happy parents using his cloud-based application. He and his team are always looking for new and innovative ways to help you juggle your child’s educational needs easily and efficiently.
Take a Peek
One of the best ways to take a quick peek at all Vest has to offer is to watch this informative 2-minute video where you get a view of the pages and offerings of this awesome program.
The video will walk you through the dashboard, where you can easily see each section and learn that vest has more than 200 pre-labeled pockets for you to use. There are also empty pockets you can customize to fit your child’s unique needs.
You can upload pictures, files, and short videos. There is no limit, so you may add anything you feel relevant to your child’s needs. You may then designate who can access and view your child’s vest, or you may prefer to simply print sections of it for reference when you attend meetings.
Everything is always organized and at your fingertips. To learn more about the Vest, keep watching for more information about this cloud-based application, which can be used for special needs, elder care, and young adults. Once you learn all this application can do for you, you will want to move into stress-free records management.
Stress-Free Records Management
You no longer need to sort through piles of school progress reports, IEPs, and more to find the information you are looking for on your child’s educational accomplishments and goals. All special needs records will be on hand and easy to review using the Vest.
Pricing is reasonable at only $3.99 per month or save 15% with an annual subscription for only $39.00. If you are hesitant, we welcome you to give us a test with no credit card required!
We offer a free trial, where you have the chance to check out all this application offers. You will receive complete Vest resources, including unlimited uploads, safe sharing, personal support, IEP Aide, and more. Give us a try today—you have nothing to lose!