Mediation, in Detail

September 2012You can tell just by the title of this article that you are now entering a detailed discussion of the mediation process under IDEA.What is mediation?Benefits of mediationStats on use of mediationWhen is mediation an option?When is mediation not available?SEA’s obligations for mediation processWhat happens at mediationConfidentiality of info shared during mediationEnforcing the mediation agreementTo read IDEA’s exact words, visit IDEA’s Regulations … [Read more...]

Due Process Complaints, in Detail

September 2012Due process is a longstanding approach within IDEA to resolving disputes. This article will take you through through the key points and content of IDEA’s provisions regarding due process complaints.Changes in due process in IDEA 2004What is a due process complaint?Who may file a due process complaint?What information must the complaint contain?Deciding sufficiency of the complaintWhen may the due process complaint not be used?What … [Read more...]

Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

Questions and Answers on IDEA (QA2) April 2009 | Links updated, May 2013PDF versionHow does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That will be the focus of this Q&A—the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. Topics covered are:The Power of Parent ParticipationParental Rights to Participate, SummarizedParent NotificationParent ConsentResources of More InformationWe’ve used the word “you” … [Read more...]

Parental Consent

December 2010 In Spanish | En español One of parents' most important rights is the right to give (or not give) their consent for certain actions of the school system with respect to their child with a disability. This short page will explain this right in detail. Quick-Jump Links Definition of "consent" Making sure parents have the info they need When will the school ask for a parent's consent? What happens if I don't give … [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 16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools

by Sheila Friedman, Ed.D.Office of Special Education ProgramsU.S. Department of Education August 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish When parents elect to send their child with a disability to a private school at their own expense (even a religious school), the State still has obligations with respect to addressing the child's disability.  While those obligations are not the same as what's required for … [Read more...]

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