Teen Mental Health

This resource-rich page at MedlinePlus pulls together a spectrum of topics related to mental health and includes numerous resources in Spanish. It’s written so as to speak directly to teens, describing in bullet form some of the things they might feel or experience that may indicate the need to seek the help and support of parents, a school counselor, or a healthcare professional. Sections include: where to start; the latest news pertinent to teens (e.g., bullying, smartphone addiction, self-harm); danger signs to look for and comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; treatments and therapies; and related issues (e.g., cliques, dealing with a health condition, coping with trauma, dealing with anger, helping friends who self-harm, peer pressure, and the teenage brain).

Read more about this excellent resource for teenagers and their families here.

Endrew F. Question and Answer Document

In March of this year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1. In this decision, the court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school must offer [a child] an IEP [individualized education program] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

What impact will this Supreme Court decision have on the implementation of IDEA? The U.S. Department of Education seeks to answer this question (and many others) in the Q&A document just released (December 7, 2017). It reviews the facts and findings of Endrew F., discusses how the Supreme Court decision clarifies the standard for determining FAPE and educational benefit to children with disabilities, and explores considerations for implementation.

Read more about ED’s Question and Answer document here.

Preguntas Comunes de los Padres sobre la Educación Especial

LG1-SP Actualizado en diciembre de 2017 Versión en inglés Lea esta publicación si usted quiere saber… Cómo conseguir una evaluación gratuita de su niño para averiguar por qué él o ella está teniendo dificultades en la escuela Qué implica el proceso de una evaluación y cómo usted puede contribuir Cómo la educación especial puede apoyar el aprendizaje […]

Contents of the IEP

Current as of November 2017 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español IEP stands for “individualized education program.” An IEP is a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in a meeting in keeping with certain requirements of law and regulations. These requirements are discussed in […]

Related Services

Current as of November 2017 This info in Spanish | Esta información en español   The IEP must contain a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child. We’ve split up the discussion of each of these important […]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper July 2007 (see Editor’s note, below)   ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Editor’s note | January 2018 | This module was first produced by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) in 2007. NICHCY no longer exists, and most […]

Module 15: LRE Decision Making

English-only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Module 15 pivots on a point of enormous importance in the educations of children with disabilities under IDEA: They are to be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE), learning and working alongside their peers without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. Learn how the […]

Age of Majority

Current as of November 2017 This info in Spanish | Esta información en español Finally, we come to the last of the IEP components—the transfer of rights at age of majority. This component is only needed in the IEPs of some students, as you’ll see. IDEA’s exact words What does age of majority mean? What […]

Lead Poisoning

Updated, October 2017 This short resource page provides a brief overview of lead poisoning and connections to sources of additional information. It accompanies a longer fact sheet on Other Health Impairment. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), our nation’s special education law, defines 14 categories of disability under which a child may be found eligible for special […]

Requesting Prior Written Notice

From our series of model letters…because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child’s education. Current as of October 2017 In Spanish | En español   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 […]

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