Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers

_________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. The new address of Part C of IDEA: Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers at the CPIR is:http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/partc/_________________________________November … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions

October 2010 Why are we not surprised that you have a question on IDEA's HQT requirements? You will no doubt agree that IDEA's provisions on highly qualified special educators are nothing short of...um, complicated? The author of the six FAQs below is none other than Marion Morton Crayton of OSEP itself (the Office of Special Education Programs).  The questions and answers are adapted from NICHCY's training package on IDEA 2004, Building the … [Read more...]

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

 _________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education at the CPIR is:http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/doe/_________________________________Updated December 2012The … [Read more...]

RTI cannot be used to delay or deny evaluation

Read OSEP’s memo on RTI and evaluation. Writing to the state directors of special education, OSEP addresses how a RTI process (response to intervention) cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. (updated August 2012) http://www.rti4success.org/resourcetype/memo-response-intervention-rti-process-cannot-be-used-delay-deny-evaluation-eligibility … [Read more...]

Frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities

This  is a guidance document published by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education.  As an authoritative source, that can't be beat!  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section … [Read more...]

Q & A on serving children with disabilities placed by their parents at private schools

This is one of a series of question and answer (Q&A) documents prepared by OSERS at the U.S. Department of Education to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics.  The IDEA and its implementing regulations contain a number of significant changes for parentally placed private school children with disabilities. This Q&A document supersedes the Department’s guidance … [Read more...]

Rights of students with disabilities when educational institutions use technology

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to the field through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education. Also issued is a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. These guidances supplement a June 2010 letter that explained that technological … [Read more...]

Physical education and children with disabilities

This document from the U.S. Department of Education discusses IDEA's physical education requirements for students with disabilities.  Its purposes are to disseminate information on improving opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics and to refer the reader to sources of additional information regarding the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in PE and athletic extracurricular activities. Released in August … [Read more...]

Restraint and seclusion

From the U.S. Department of Education, this resource document outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts, and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.  Additionally, the document provides a synopsis of ongoing efforts by federal agencies to address national concerns about using restraint and seclusion in schools. (Posted … [Read more...]

OCR guidance | It’s illegal to retaliate against a person filing a discrimination complaint

This guidance from the Office for Civil Rights focuses on the protections provided by Federal law when individuals file civil rights discrimination complaints, including complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability. This Dear Colleague letter strongly reminds school districts, postsecondary institutions, and other recipients that it is illegal to retaliate against individuals filing such complaints. The letter clarifies the basic principles … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.