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Description: Being a parent is the most wonderful—and hardest—job in the world. If you have a child with special needs, your job is no less wonderful, but it can be more complicated. Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, then it will be important for you to learn: more about special education; how special education services can support your child; and...
Description: RICHMOND, Va. – For a fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Virginia its highest rating for improving outcomes for students with disabilities and for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Virginia received a “Meets Requirements” designation on the federal department’s 2017 IDEA report card. The commonwealth earned the maximum number of possible points on all 10 compliance indicators – including in...
Description: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips from Goodwin Procter LLP After months of research, a team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. Questions answered...
Description: Legislation passed by the 2016 General Assembly (House Bill 842) requires every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license to complete awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia and evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. In support of the regulation, this document, Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions is designed to be a resource for teachers, administrators and parents to address the educational needs of students with dyslexia. It provides...
Description: This article, by Barbara Raimondo, provides an overview of laws that ensures equality in the treatment of deaf and hard of hearing poeple.  It reviews laws from newborn age through adulthood. 
Description: The US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs provided this letter of guidance  August 1, 2016 to clarify that the failure to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the IEP process is likely to result in a child not receiving a meaningful educational benefit or FAPE. In addition, a failure to make behavioral supports available throughout a continuum of placements, including in a regular education setting, could result in an inappropriately...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers guidance on collaboration for parents, parent advocates, and school division personnel in this memo. Collaboration is the essential building block of creating successful outcomes for students with disabilities. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) strongly encourages parents, parent advocates and professionals who work with students with disabilities throughout Virginia's public schools, to work together collaboratively in a positive...
Description: Every child is unique and learns in different ways. If your child has been identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school, you can play a major role in shaping the services your child receives. This section will help you understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the importance of your participation in developing your child’s IEP Plan. You are a required member of your child’s IEP team, and your ideas must always be considered...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter  to states to ensure students with disabilities attending public virtual schools are getting the special education and supports required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Public virtual schools are becoming more common so it is important that the rights and protections guaranteed to students with disabilities are not...
Description: If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), IDEA guarantees your some important rights. The right to: Participate in IEP Meetings, An Independent Evaluation, Give (or Deny) Consent, Contest a School's Decision, and Private Education Paid by the Public School (in specific circumstances).
Description: If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help she needs. Here are some concerns that parents often have: • not knowing who to talk to about their child’s needs;• not knowing if their child’s problems in school are caused by a disability or by the stress of being homeless;• not being...
Description: The Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs is pleased to provide the Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Tool Kit — Birth to 18. This tool kit provides information and resources that will help you improve your quality of life and teaches you how to advocate for your child with special needs. Each of the six modules addresses issues you are likely to encounter throughout your child’s life. Whether your child has been recently diagnosed with a...
Description: CADRE developed five parent guides with the support of parent leaders from across the country. 1. IDEA Special Education Written State Complaints, 2. IDEA Special Education Mediation, 3. IDEA Special Education Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests, 4. IDEA Special Education Resolution Meetings, and 5. Individualized Education Program(IEP)Facilitation (Available in English and Spanish)
Description: This section provides a Guidance Package (which includes a Set of Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings, and a Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities), Additional Resources (which includes Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets), and Technical Assistance and Support.
Description: Resumen: Cómo facilitar la comunicación con los estudiantes con discapacidades auditivas, de visión o del habla
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is pleased to provide English speakers with quick access to the wealth of information in Spanish on this website. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, use this page to easily find and share important info in Spanish with the Spanish speakers you serve. Each item in the list below starts with the topic in English (which is linked to info in English on that topic). This is followed by the title of the page in Spanish that offers the...
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Students with disabilities, like all students, must have the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. Three Federal laws – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (Title II), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) – address the obligations of public schools, including charter schools, to meet the...
Description: This includes the top 10 fact parents, educators and students need to know, including #1 "The facts - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabiled peers" and #2 "Bullying affects a student's ability to learn."
Description: This fact sheet covers the following questions: What does a school have to do when a child with a disability is being bullied?, Does it matter if a child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan?, Where can I go for help? (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights)
Description: Resumen para los padres ¿Que deben hacer las escuelas públicas cuando los estudiantes con discapacidades son acosados?
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to monitor the implementation of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), (34 CFR 300.600(b)). The IDEA establishes requirements for state monitoring, enforcement, and annual reporting, and requires that the primary focus of monitoring be on: (1.) Improving educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities; and (2.) Ensuring that public agencies meet the program requirements under this...
Description: The purpose of this information brief is to provide families experiencing homelessness and service providers who work with these families an overview of the special education process.
Description: Module 6 is a great way to learn about and train others on these two new elements in IDEA. Early Intervening Services (EIS) are for K-12 students with academic or behavioral difficulties who are not yet identified as having a disability. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a new approach to identifying whether a student has a specific learning disability.
Description: Module 1 welcomes everyone to Part C of IDEA—the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Description: Early intervention services are designed to address the developmental needs of eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to the third birthday, and their families. Early intervention is authorized by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Description: This article describes how the IEP meeting is scheduled, who comes, and the factors team members must consider when writing an IEP.
Description: Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
Description: The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education regularly provides guidance to the field on the nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Description: There are times when parents and schools simply do not agree on some issue affecting a child’s education. They may try informal approaches to resolving the conflict, such as reviewing and revising the child’s IEP or holding a facilitated IEP meeting (an approach emerging in the field). When these don’t result in agreement on what represents an appropriate education for a child, the law (IDEA) provides several approaches that parents and schools can use to help resolve the...
Description: Los padres tienen el derecho de no estar de acuerdo con el sistema escolar. El sistema escolar tiene el mismo derecho—el de no estar de acuerdo con ciertas decisiones o acciones de los padres en cuanto a la identificación, evaluación, o ubicación de su niño, o la provisión de una educación pública gratis y apropiada al niño. (IEP, Dispute Resolution)
Description: Cuando un estudiante con discapacidades alcanza la edad donde uno es considerado adulto (llamada mayoría de edad), el Estado puede transferir al estudiante todos los derechos educacionales que Ud., como padre, ha tenido hasta ese momento. Dependiendo de la ley de su Estado, ésto generalmente sucede cuando su hijo tiene entre 18 y 21 años. No todos los Estados transfieren los derechos. Pero si su Estado lo hace, entonces los derechos y responsabilidades que Ud. ha tenido para...
Description: Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Las regulaciones de IDEA incluyen una sección (Subparte E) llamada “Garantías Procesales.” Estas defensas están diseñadas para proteger los derechos de los padres y su niño con discapacidad, al igual que para dar a las familias y agencias públicas (las escuelas) varios mecanismos para resolver sus disputas.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) offers information and connections to the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders. Learn about typical developmental milestones in childhood, specific disabilities and disorders, and the disability categories in our nation’s special education law (IDEA) that qualify a child for special education services.
Description: ¡Si está buscando información sobre discapacidades en niños pequeños y jóvenes, ha llegado al lugar correcto! Ofrecemos información y conexiones al espectro completo de discapacidades en los niños, incluyendo retrasos en el desarrollo y desórdenes raros. Utilice los siguientes enlaces para aprender sobre las etapas típicas del desarrollo, discapacidades y desórdenes específicos, y las categorías de...
Description: Welcome to NICHCY’s training curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C (early intervention)! There are 14 Modules
Description: The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. The CPIR is pleased to provide this list of special education and disability-related acronyms, and hope it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal acronyms in the field.
Description: A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided—an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment.
Description: When people use the term age of majority, they are generally referring to when a young person reaches the age where one is considered to be an adult. Depending upon your state law, this usually happens at some point between 18 and 21. This includes a link to a description in Spanish.
Description: This guidance document is intended to assist local education agency (LEA) personnel as they work to address the needs of their students who have been identified as, or are suspected to be, students with disabilities in Virginia. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE, Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services)
Description: IDEA es la ley federal que autoriza educación especial para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos. También autoriza los servicios de intervención temprana que los Estados proporcionan a nuestros infantes y niños pequeños con discapacidades hasta su tercer cumpleaños. IDEA es la sigla del nombre de la ley en inglés: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. En español se dice La Ley para la Educación de los Individuos con Discapacidades.
Description: Having multiple disabilities means that a person has more than one disability.
Description: Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines offers state and local education agencies a framework from which meaningful, appropriate programming for students who are deafblind can be developed. These guidelines identify the knowledge and skills educators need to assist their students who are deafblind reach their full potential and become successful, contributing members of our society.
Description: IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children. The law has been revised many times over the years. Spanish version is available. (NICHCY= National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) (parent, parents)
Description: This guidebook presents what you need to know before your child's third birthday. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Guía Informativa de Niñez Temprana en Transición, Lo que usted necesita saber antes del tercer cumpleaños de su niño. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia includes rights and safeguards to protect parents and children. Parents must be informed about these rights and safeguards in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia so that they can have a leadership role in the services provided to their family. Notice of Child and Family Rights and Safeguards is an official notice of the rights and safeguards of children and families as defined under federal Part C regulations of the Individuals with...