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Learn what you need to know about disability laws affecting students and adults with learning disabilities and other disorders. Learn about special education laws, parent rights, due process, grievance procedures, and more.
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State Special Education Laws Available Online
State special education laws for most states are available online. Find links to each state's education and special education law websites.

Special Needs Children and Private School Tuition Reimbursement - Sha…
The special needs children private school tuition debate rages on. Have you successfully advocated for private school tuition reimbursement? Are you interested in trying? Share your thoughts and what you've learned with others parents of children with learning disabilities.

Special Needs Children and Private School Tuition Reimbursement
The special needs children and private school tuition reimbursement debate took an interesting turn with the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Forest Grove School District v. T.A. case decided in June 2009. Does this mean that special needs children are now entitled to private school tuition reimbursement?

Special Education Conflicts - Choosing the Right Resolution
Do you have a disagreement with your child's school regarding a special education program? Do you feel that the school is not meeting your child's needs and will not listen to your input? Are you tired of trying to resolve your disagreement by yourself, and you want outside help? If so, you have options to resolve special education...

Special Education Complaints - How to File an IDEA Complaint
Special education formal complaints are a means of resolving disagreements with your child's school concerning special education programs. Learn how to file a complaint to resolve disputes in special education.

Denying Services - Why do Schools Deny Services to Students with Disabilities?
Why do schools sometimes deny services to students with disabilities? If you've ever found yourself in that situation, you know how frustrating it can be when you believe a service is needed, and the school doesn't agree. Learn about the main reasons schools and other disability service agencies deny services.

When are Disability Advocates Necessary?
Disability Advocates - Disability advocacy in public schools means supporting a student with a disability by helping get the supports and services needed from a school district, medical provider, therapy provider, college or vocational school, or other service agency. Explore what you need to know about advocacy and how to do it more...

Special Education Due Process Hearing
Special Education Due Process Hearings - Learn about special education due process hearings. Find information you need to help you determine if a special education hearing is right for your dispute with your child's school.

Annual Reviews - What is an IDEA Annual Review Meeting of the IEP Team?
Annual Reviews - Learn about the Annual Review as part of the IDEA requirements for special education programs for students with disabilities.

In-School Suspension - Does In-School Suspension Trigger Safeguards?
If your learning disabled child has behavior issues, your child will likely encounter in-school suspension at some point during school years. Over time, in-school suspensions can add up, and you may be concerned about the amount of time your child spends there. Does in-school suspension count toward the 10 day limitations of the IDEA? Find out now.

Disciplinary IEP Team Meetings - Disciplinary Actions May Require Meetings
Children with learning disabilities and others served by special education programs have specific protections under the IDEA that are designed to ensure their educational needs are met despite behavioral problems that may lead to suspension or expulsion. Find out when disciplinary actions trigger the need for an IEP team meeting and what these...

The US Department of Education Releases New Special Education Regulations
Learn about the new Special Education Regulations released August 3, 2004 that detail the requirements for special education programs in public schools.

Things to Know about Parent Rights Under IDEA
Children with disabilities and their parents are afforded the procedural safeguards contained in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004. Learn more about parent rights in special education programs.

RTI: Help for Kids Who "Didn't Qualify" for Special Education
Was your LD child tested but did not qualify for special eduction? Learn about Response to Intervention, a new method of determining eligibility for special education services that can help your child get the specially designed instruction he needs.

Things to Know about Parents' Right to Prior Notice of Meetings Under IDEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, amended in 2004, includes specific rights for parents or legal guardians of children with disabilities. The IDEA refers to these rights as procedural safeguards. Learn about your rights as the parent of a child with a disability.

Parent Rights - Things to Know About Parents' Right to Examine School
Learn what you need to know about your parent rights to examine your child's school records. Federal special education regulations require schools to allow parents to view the contents of their children's cumulative and special education records.

US Department of Education Resources for Parents
Learn about the many aspects of special education programs and disabilities with these articles from the US Department of Education developed especially for parents of children with disabilities.

Why Parents File IDEA Complaints, Lawsuits
Parents of children with learning disabilities may sometimes disagree with how schools manage their children's programs, and most conflicts can be resolved informally. When problems are serious, parents may need to take formal actions to get them resolved. Learn the top conflicts that cause parents to file formal complaints or take legal...

Special Education Complaints - Avoid Special Education Compla…
Problems with your special education child's school can be a frustrating experience for you, your child, and the school staff. If your child is covered by IDEA or Section 504, there are regulations providing you with ways to address these problems such as formal complaints, mediation, and due process hearings under IDEA and complaints or civil actions under Section 504. Before you act, learn ho…

What You Need to Know Before You File a Formal Complaint
If you believe your child's special education rights have been violated, the IDEA offers several ways for you to reach a resolution. One such remedy is a formal complaint. Learn about formal complaints and what they can and cannot address.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
News and information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), the nation's law that works to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Section 504 in Public Schools
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a civil rights law that covers the rights of all individuals with disabilities, not just school-aged children. It outlaws disability discrimination by any program or activity that receives federal funds.

Testing Accommodations for Section 504 and IDEA
Learn about testing accommodations for students under Section 504 and IDEA. Understand when they are needed and why they aren't always a good idea.

Who Pays for Private Schools for LD Students? Financial Responsibility in IDEA
Learn about IDEA requirements regarding payment for private school placements? Find out when districts may be responsible for payment and when they are not.

Teacher Choice - Does IDEA Allow Parents to Choose a Teacher?
Does IDEA give parents the right to choose their learning disabled child's teacher? Almost every parent wishes their child had a different teacher at least once in their LD child's educational career. Sometimes the teacher is a problem, and at other times, parents simply want a teacher with different teaching styles. Learn whether you can request a classroom, special education placement, specific teacher change under federal special education laws.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Learn about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). What is it, and how does it apply to schools?

How to Handle Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
However illegal, you still might have to file a lawsuit to get relief from employment discrimination.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
This pamphlet describes the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, with respect to elementary and secondary school policies involving the placement of children with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS.

The Council for Exceptional Children CEC
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Best Advocacy Advice - Share Your Best Advocacy Advice
Share your best advocacy advice with other parents. If you've been in a tough advocacy situation that turned out well, we want to hear your advocacy advice.

Americans with Disabilities Act Resources - Find ADA Resources and Information
Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in these government publications.

Special Education Due Process Hearing Mistakes to Avoid
Considering a special education due process hearing? Having a serious disagreement about your child's special education program can be a frustrating experience for you, your child, and the school staff. If your child has an IEP under IDEA a due process hearing is one way to to resolve serious disagreements with his school. Due process...

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