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We’ll help you to understand the U.S. federal legal framework and how to find your local state laws. We’ll teach you what certain acronyms stand for such as FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education), IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and we’ll help you understand the basics of IEPs (Individual Education Programs), 504 Plans, the SPED(Special Education) referral process and much more.

The steps within the special education process are part of your child's legal rights and the process outlined in this document by the PACER Center should be followed for fair and timely support.

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Acronyms have become common words' within our language but they are often used without everyone knowing what they mean. Print this out and include it in your notebook for your next IEP meeting.'

This comparison chart from the University of Alaska Anchorage highlights features of IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA. Important information at a glance!

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Join our legal expert Norma Francullo in a recorded webinar to guide you through the ins and outs of legal framework that supports your interactions with the school.

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Your school will negotiate with you over what they will do to support your child. In many cases they are negotiating based on a genuine interest in the long-term outcomes for your student. However, there can be ulterior motives, such as budget or biases about what is or is not a disability, that can influence the conversation. Here are a number of common arguments that schools will use to block or delay providing accommodations, as well as some good responses that you can use.

Deborah Lynam from the AIM Institute for Learning & Research for an informational webinar to help you understand IEP and 504 Plan annual reviews, get organized, stay organized and begin a plan of action to advocate and partner with your child’s school. In this webinar you will learn how to create a binder of important documents and materials to maintain control over the daunting task of meetings, notes, progress reports and more.

Chapter 3 in this book by Susan L. Hall and Louisa C Moats outlines what it means to be an advocate and explains how to learn to advocate for your child.? The best quote to take away from this chapter is, Develop a language of persuasion rather than a language of positional battle.'

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Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. Brought to you by Reading Rockets, the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.

A strong communication plan is one key to successful engagement with schools. Sample letters can give you the beginnings that you can customize for your individual situation and needs.

Communicating with your school is an important part of the special education process. ?These are two letters that you can use as a template when referring your child for an initial evaluation or an independent evaluation.