Happy Birthday IDEA

In November the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) turned 45. After nearly half a century, many are hoping to celebrate this legislative milestone with full funding next year for the federal law that guarantees children with learning and other disabilities… Read the rest

Make the Case for Section 504

Some students with learning disabilities that do not receive services under the IDEA may still be protected under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. School districts have treated… Read the rest

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