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Parental Rights under IDEA (Accurate and updated information as of October 2021) (English and Spanish) (Center for Parent Information & Resources, CPIR)

Description:

The federal regulations for IDEA 2004 include a section (Subpart E) called Procedural Safeguards. These safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several mechanisms by which to resolve their disputes. To learn more about any of these, click on the linked text, and you’ll go to a separate page describing that procedural safeguard.

The right of parents to receive a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available under IDEA and the procedures in the state for presenting complaints

Confidentiality and the right of parents to inspect and review the educational records of their child

The right of parents to participate in meetings related to the identification, evaluation, and placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE (a free appropriate public education) to their child

The right of parents to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) of their child

The right of parents to receive “prior written notice” on matters relating to the identification, evaluation, or placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE to their child

The right of parents to give or deny their consent before the school may take certain action with respect to their child

The right of parents to disagree with decisions made by the school system on those issues

The right of parents and schools to use IDEA’s mechanisms for resolving disputes, including the right to appeal determinations

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ADD/ADHD Autism Spectrum Disorder Deaf-Blind Developmental Delay Dispute Resolution Early Intervention Elementary Emotional Disability Federal Laws Hearing Impairment High School Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) Individualized Education Program (IEP) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Intellectual Disability Learning Disability Middle School Mild/Moderate Disabilities Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairment Other Health Impairment Parent/Family Preschool Speech/Language Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury Vision Impairment