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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.

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 […]

All About the IEP

Current as of July 2017 In Spanish | En español   When a child receives special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he or she must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is a written document listing, among other things, the special educational services that the child will receive. The […]

Children (3 to 22)

Current as of July 2017 In Spanish | En español   The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining Child with a Disability

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining and Understanding Supplementary Aids and Services

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining and Understanding Special Education

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

Key Definitions in IDEA | Defining and Understanding Related Services

A reference sheet for Parent Centers from the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) June 2017 Entire reference list in Word Entire reference list in PDF This reference list is designed to accompany CPIR’s Brief for Parent Centers on Free Appropriate Public Education and the Dear Colleague Letter on FAPE issued by OSEP on November […]

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