Mediation, in Detail

September 2012You can tell just by the title of this article that you are now entering a detailed discussion of the mediation process under IDEA.What is mediation?Benefits of mediationStats on use of mediationWhen is mediation an option?When is mediation not available?SEA’s obligations for mediation processWhat happens at mediationConfidentiality of info shared during mediationEnforcing the mediation agreementTo read IDEA’s exact words, visit IDEA’s Regulations … [Read more...]

State Agencies Addressing Disabilities

February 2010 | Links checked, February 2013 So you're looking for the resources in your state that can help you address disability issues. Great idea. There are a lot, in fact. At least there are a lot of possibilities for help that can be explored. We've organized this page by the types of help people seem to be looking when they call or write NICHCY, and what we might suggest in response. What's available in your state? Help … [Read more...]

Informing the School of Your Intention to Enroll Your Child in a Private School at Public Expense

From our series of model letters...because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child's education.3rd edition, January 2011Model letter, in PDF (see page 16)En español | In Spanish  This short publication comes from a much longer Parent's Guide that focuses on communicating with your child's school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child's school … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.