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Right to Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 In Spanish | En español _____________________ If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an […]

Parental Rights under IDEA

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 En español | In Spanish _____________ The federal regulations for IDEA 2004 include a section (Subpart E) called Procedural Safeguards. These safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several […]

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Current as of July 2021   Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable: at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs. The resources below have […]

Right to Receive Prior Written Notice (Part B of IDEA)

Parental rights under IDEA include the right to receive prior written notice from the school each time that the school proposes to take (or refuses to take) certain actions with respect to your child. Specifically, the school must provide parents with prior written notice each time that it:

proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
proposes to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child (that’s a free appropriate public education);
refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
refuses to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child.

Parental Right to Participate in Meetings

The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights. Parents have the right to participate in meetings with respect to the:

their child’s identification,
their child’s evaluation,
their child’s educational placement, and
provision of FAPE (free appropriate public education) to their child.

Babies & Toddlers

The birth of a child is an exciting, life-changing event. A beautiful new baby comes to your house, family, and neighborhood. It is a time for celebration. But what happens when this new child has a disability? What if there are health problems? What if, as time goes by, it seems as if the child isn’t learning and progressing as quickly or easily as other children? What do you do?

Parent Notification and Consent in Early Intervention

Parents are essential partners in early intervention. They have the right to be deeply involved at every step along the way, from evaluation of their child, to the writing of the individualized family service plan (IFSP), to helping to determine the early intervention services their child receives. Not surprisingly, Part C of IDEA includes specific provisions to support the informed involvement of parents in their child’s early intervention program.

Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards

At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.” In this page, we’ll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard.

Requesting Prior Written Notice

There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being. Because the Parent’s Guide is so long, we decided it would be more convenient to our readers if each of the letters discussed in the guide was also available separately, to make reading and printing individual letters easier. This page presents a model letter or email you might write to request that the school provide you with prior written notice.

Requesting Mediation

There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being. This page presents a model letter or email you might write to request mediation as an approach to resolving a dispute with your child’s school.

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