Children (3 to 22)

September 2010 In Spanish | En español 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. More than 6 million children with disabilities receive special education and related services … [Read more...]

Evaluating Children for Disability

September 2010 In Spanish | en español Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may … [Read more...]

Key Terms to Know in Special Education

October 2010 En español | In SpanishSpecial education is full of terms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it's important to know what those terms mean. NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference to special education terminology, and hopes it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.Quick-Jump Index to the TermsPoint of Reference: IDEAChild with a disabilityFAPE … [Read more...]

Q & A on IDEA 2004: Purposes and Key Definitions

April 2009 PDF Version More than 6.8 million children with disabilities in our public schools receive special education and related services as part of their publicly funded education. (1) But... What is special education? What are related services? Who’s considered a "child with a disability?" This Q&A is designed to answer these questions—looking in detail at the mandates and requirements of our nation’s special education … [Read more...]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper, NICHCY July 2007 ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Module 1 welcomes everyone to IDEA. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include: a quick overview to the 10 major steps in special education (three of which are evaluation, eligibility, and writing the IEP); and the top 5 acronyms used in special education (IDEA, … [Read more...]

Module 10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation

by Lisa Küpper and Theresa Rebhorn NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities March 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: Evaluación Inicial y la Reevaluación Module 10 builds atop the introduction presented in Module 9 and looks at the specific requirements of IDEA regarding: the initial evaluation of a child suspected of having a disability, how the results are applied to determining the child's eligibility … [Read more...]

Module 11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

by Patricia Hozella Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education April 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish Module 11 looks closely at the process by which schools identify that a child has a specific learning disability (LD). While all of the requirements discussed in Modules 9 and 10 also apply to evaluating a child for the presence of LD, there are many additional requirements … [Read more...]

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