One of the most serious problems facing the survivor of a brain or spinal cord tumor is returning to school. Most children experience learning disabilities as a result of their surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Well-intentioned teachers can be unequipped to understand the specific learning issues that recovering children have and the types of assistance they are entitled to receive under federal law. School districts often decide on eligibility for services and accommodations based on incorrect criteria.
Making Headway Foundation offers the services of trained, experienced educational specialists who work with parents and children to identify and address the educational difficulties stemming from the tumor, treatment and missed school. After assessing a child's educational needs, these specialists advocate for the child and assist the family and the school in identifying the appropriate support and ensuring that the school provides it, as required by law.