Parent Participation in Early Intervention

October 2010 Resources updated, August 2012 Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable: at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs. The resources below have been identified because they address the many dimensions … [Read more...]

Placement, Short-and-Sweet

-------------------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 this page, Placement Short-and-Sweet, is: September 2010Once the IEP team has decided what services a … [Read more...]

Resolving Disputes Between Parents and Schools

September 2012This info in Spanish | Esta información en españolIn drafting the provisions of IDEA, our nation's special education law, Congress clearly contemplated that, at times, there would be disagreements between parents of children with disabilities and the school districts providing special education and related services to their children.While it is expected that parents and school personnel will work in partnership to ensure children with … [Read more...]

Subpart E of the Part B Regulations: Procedural Safeguards

These regulations in Spanish | Estas regulaciones en español The current page connects you with IDEA's exact words only, without explanation or commentary. Rather have a summary of IDEA's procedural safeguards? Visit the Parental Rights section of NICHCY's site. Looking for training materials on procedural safeguards? They're ready and waiting for you as Modules 17, 18, and 19 of Building the Legacy, our training curriculum on IDEA 2004. e-CFR … [Read more...]

Parental Rights under IDEA

December 2010 En español | In Spanish The federal regulations for IDEA 2004 include a section (Subpart E) called Procedural Safeguards. These safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several mechanisms by which to resolve their disputes. The most notable procedural safeguards include those listed below. To learn more about any of these, … [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...]

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

December 2010 In Spanish | En español IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child's education records. These safeguards address the following three aspects: the use of personally identifiable information; who may have access to your child's records; and the rights of parents to inspect their child's education records and request that these be amended to correct information that is misleading or inaccurate, … [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 Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation

December 2010 In Spanish | En español If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an Independent Educational Evaluation, or an IEE (§300.502). This means that you may ask that a professional, competent evaluator who is not employed by the school system conduct another evaluation of your … [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...]

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