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10 Basic Steps in Special Education

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special education and related services.

There’s a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services. This section of CPIR’s website is devoted to helping you learn about that process.

This brief overview is an excellent place to start. Here, we’ve distilled the process into 10 basic steps. Once you have the big picture of the process, it’s easier to understand the many details under each step. We’ve indicated throughout this overview where, on our site, you can connect with that more detailed information.

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 […]

Confidentiality and Access to Student Records

IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child’s education records. These safeguards address the following three aspects:

the use of personally identifiable information;
who may have access to your child’s records; and
the rights of parents to inspect their child’s education records and request that these be amended to correct information that is misleading or inaccurate, or that violates the child’s privacy or other rights.

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 […]

Evaluating School-Aged Children for Disability

Accurate and updated information as of October 2021 In Spanish | en español Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be […]

Paraprofessionals (Updated!)

After spending 10 years in a middle school special education classroom, it’s easy to say that paras are the foundation to our entire education system. Without them, kids in classrooms would struggle to understand key content, groups in the special education setting would be too large and unmanageable, teachers would have even bigger difficulties with […]

Cómo Solicitar una Notificación Previa por Escrito

De nuestra serie de cartas ejemplares… porque de vez en cuando necesita comunicarse con el personal de la escuela concerniente a la educación de su hijo. Actualizado, agosto de 2021 Versión PDF | Versión en Word En inglés | In English Esta publicación breve viene de una Guía para Padres más amplia cuya enfoque es […]

Reuniones para Desarrollar el IEP

Información precisa y actualizada a partir de 2021 Esta página en inglés | This page in English   Juntarse es el comienzo Mantenerse juntos es progreso Trabajar juntos es el éxito. ~Henry Ford.   El IEP de su niño es un documento sumamente importante en su vida de estudiante. Especifica sus niveles actuales del logro […]

El Equipo y el Contenido del IEP

Sobre el Equipo del IEP en inglés (About the IEP Team in English) Sobre el Contenido del IEP en inglés (About the Content of the IEP in English)   Información precisa y actualizada a partir de 2021 Se ha determinado que su niño es elegible para la educación especial. El siguiente paso es escribir lo […]

Otras Leyes Importantes

Actualizado, julio de 2021   Hay muchas leyes en los Estados Unidos relevantes a las personas con discapacidades. La más poderosa es el Acta para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades, conocido en inglés como “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” o IDEA (por sus siglas). Esta es la ley de educación especial en el país. […]

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