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...]

Scheduling the IEP Meeting and Notifying Parents

———————Alert! Alert! 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 Scheduling the IEP Meeting and Notifying Parents at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/scheduling/———————September 2010This info in Spanish | Esta información … [Read more...]

Placement and School Discipline

———————Alert! Alert! 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 Placement and School Discipline, now at the CPIR, is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/disciplineplacements/——————— September 2010This article takes a not-so-brief look … [Read more...]

General Authority of School Personnel

September 2010At the beginning of the school year, students often receive guidelines of expected standards of behavior, dress, academic integrity, and attendance, as well as the consequences of violating those standards. IDEA addresses the extent to which schools may take disciplinary action when a child with disabilities violates a local code of student conduct. These codes vary from place to place, so it may be important for you to get a copy of … [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...]

Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards

December 2010 In Spanish | En español At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the "Procedural Safeguards Notice." In this page, we'll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard. … [Read more...]

Parental Right to Participate in Meetings

December 2010 In Spanish | En español The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights. Parents have the right to participate in meetings with respect to the: their child's identification, their child's evaluation, their child's educational placement, and provision of FAPE (free appropriate public education) to their child. This includes the right to participate … [Read more...]

Right to Receive Prior Written Notice

December 2010 In Spanish | En español Parental rights under IDEA include the right to receive prior written notice from the school each time that the school proposes to take (or refuses to take) certain actions with respect to your child. Specifically, the school must provide parents with prior written notice each time that it: proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child; proposes to initiate … [Read more...]

Module 9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa KüpperNICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities March 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: Introducción a la Evaluación bajo IDEA Evaluating children for the presence of a disability is a very important process in IDEA. This module introduces basic principles and requirements that schools must follow for evaluation, including: the purposes of evaluation, parent notification and … [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...]

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