What Is “Prior Written Notice”?

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… Read the rest

Saving the IEP Meeting When Conflict Arises

By Ann McCarthy As parents of a child with learning disabilities, it’s important to realize that conflict is likely to occur at IEP meetings; how you handle it is what matters. When dealt with appropriately, dissension can lead to positive… Read the rest

Your Right to Parental Involvement

Parent participation in the educational decision-making process for a child with LD is a fundamental principle of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law is specific about this point, and includes a number of safeguards to ensure that… Read the rest

Private Schools and IDEA

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… Read the rest

Resolving Special Ed Disputes

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees all children with learning and other disabilities equal educational opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. To help implement this federal law, the IDEA includes a number of so-called procedural safeguards… Read the rest