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Your Child’s Rights: 6 Principles of IDEA

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: September 8, 2014

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted by the federal government to ensure that all children with disabilities are provided with “equality of [educational] opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.” Originally adopted in 1975 and amended in 2004, the IDEA aims to curb educational problems associated…

IDEA and the IEP Process

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: November 3, 2014

For students with LD and ADHD, the Individual Educational Program (IEP) serves as the vehicle to ensure participation in the general education curriculum, a right established by federal law in the IDEA. Following are 6 key provisions of IDEA to keep in mind as you undertake the IEP planning process. 1.…

Private Schools and IDEA

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: June 27, 2015

If you have a child in private school—including religious school—and you suspect he may have learning disabilities, it is critically important that you understand how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) applies to your child’s situation. The IDEA draws a distinction between students placed in private schools prior to being…

Determining Placement for Your Child with LD

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: September 9, 2014

In education, as with many professions, there are terms of art—words or phrases specific to the field that have special meaning in that context. “Least restrictive environment” (LRE) and “inclusion” are two such terms. Inclusion Inclusion is not a legal term; it is a philosophy that refers to placing children…

Understanding Section 504

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: September 9, 2014

If your child has diagnosed learning disabilities, you’re probably aware that she is eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). What you may not realize is that she may also qualify for protection and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  What is…

What Is “Prior Written Notice”?

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: March 24, 2017

Prior Written Notice is an element of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that protects children with learning and other disabilities. Under IDEA, parents of children with LD are entitled to notification—Prior Written Notice (PWN)—any time the school district adds, changes, or refuses educational services for…

How to Initiate an Evaluation

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: December 3, 2015

Getting the process started can be as simple as having a conversation with a teacher or administrator in which you specifically request an evaluation for special education. If you make the request verbally, make sure you follow up with a written request. For example, a letter to the principal or…

IEP Guidelines Ensure Age-Appropriate Learning

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: November 23, 2015

Coming on the eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal government has released new guidelines clarifying what the goals of an IEP should be for a student with learning disabilities. In simple terms, the U.S. Department of Education states that the IEP…

What Is An “Appropriate” Education?

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: November 3, 2014

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). But what exactly is an “appropriate” education? There is no simple answer, but the guidelines below will help you navigate this often confusing terrain. Defining…

IEP Meeting: Managing Conflict

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: May 5, 2017

It’s not unusual for differences to arise when dealing with issues related to your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Yet many people are uncomfortable with conflict; when faced with it, they either back down, or become overly aggressive. When that happens, the result is likely to be a meeting “gone…