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...]

10 Basic Steps in Special Education

September 2010 PDF version In Spanish | en español Children can have all sorts of difficulties growing up. Sometimes problems are obvious right from the start; and sometimes they don't appear until a child is in school. Some children have trouble learning to read or write. Others have a hard time remembering new information. Still others may have trouble with their behavior. For some children, growing up can be very hard to do! When a child is … [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...]

Subpart D of the Part B Regulations: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs, and Placement

En español | In Spanish If you're looking for practical information, summaries, or how-to's about evaluation, eligibility, IEPs, or placement, visit our Children (3-22) pages, where you'll find what you're looking for in abundance. The page you're on right now gives you IDEA's exact words, without explanation or commentary. e-CFR Data is current as of September 24, 2010 The latest iteration of these regulations is available online at GPO … [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...]

State Laws for RTI: An Updated Snapshot

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThe article discusses U.S. state laws for response to intervention (RTI). According to the author, RTI is considered to be more effective than the severe discrepancy approach when assessing student eligibility for special education. Topics include an overview of the specific learning disabilities (SLD) procedures outlined in the 2004 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which no longer … [Read more...]

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