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...]

The Right to Disagree

December 2010 In Spanish | En español Parents have the right to disagree with decisions that the school system makes with respect to their child with a disability. This includes the school's decisions about: the identification of the child as a "child with a disability"; the child's evaluation; the child's educational placement; and the special education and related services that the school provides to the child. In this page, we'll explore this … [Read more...]

Module 17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with DisabilitiesAugust 2007**Este módulo está disponible en español: Introducción a las Garantías ProcesalesProcedural safeguards are an integral part of IDEA's requirements. They represent guarantees for parents and their child with disabilities, as well as offer both school and parents a variety of options for resolving any disagreements. Module 17 provides … [Read more...]

Educational rights for children with AD/HD: A primer for parents

This primer for parents is aimed at helping parents recognize attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and learn about the two main laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, that protect the rights of children with disabilities in public schools. In addition to discussing the parents’ rights and responsibilities in relation to special education, the primer provides parents … [Read more...]

Independent Educational Evaluation Reimbursement under the IDEA: An Update

September 2013 Read the article (PDF) About this Article The 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislation and the 2006 IDEA regulations left largely unchanged the parent’s conditional right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The specified conditions form what amounts to a flowchart-like framework akin to the multi-step test for tuition reimbursement under the IDEA.  The … [Read more...]

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