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This section examines several key issues involved in special education services as mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), amended in 2004. For information on recent changes to the law, check our featured section on IDEA 2004. Be sure to also learn about the laws and regulations that govern special education in your state.

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"Learning Disabilities" Movement Turns 50

Fifty years ago, the learning disabilities (LD) advocacy movement began. This article by Landmark College education professor Dr. Jim Baucom explores the history of the movement and future directions. The article originally appeared on the Washington Post web site on April 12th, 2013.

A Parent's Guide to Accessing Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

A Smile As Big As the Moon: A Teacher, His Class and Their Unforgettable Journey

When Mike Kersjes, a high school special education teacher and football coach, read in 1987 a magazine article about Space Camp, he knew his students would love to go. Located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the camp allows students to spend six days training and living like astronauts.

A Student's Guide to the IEP

Learn to help write your own IEP. This guide will show you how to develop an IEP, how to prepare for the meeting, and how to participate. Learn how to organize the meeting and invite people. Take charge of your own education.

Art and the IEP

Art Therapy Technique

Assessment: A Key Component of Education Reform

Attention Foster Parents: Let’s Work Together!

Foster parents know all too well the many needs of the youth for whom they provide care that include academic services associated with special education. The reality is not a surprise given the literature reports at least 50% of youth in foster care require intense academic and behavioral interventions at school. What should foster parents do?

Back-to-School Tips for Special Education Teachers

Our top 10 back-to-school tips for special education teachers emphasize communication, organization, and a focus on student success.

Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Our top 8 back-to-school tips for parents emphasize communication, organization, and staying up-to-date on special education news.

Back-to-School: Tips for Special Education Teachers

Our top 10 back-to-school tips for special education teachers emphasize communication, organization, and a focus on student success.

Basics for Parents: Your Child's Evaluation

Becky Young Arlin, M.S - Mentor Teacher

Becky Young Arlin, M.S. is the middle and high school learning specialist for The Churchill School and Center, a K-12 school and resource center for children with learning disabilities. Mrs. Young Arlin, a Washington D.C. native, came to New York to attend SUNY Binghampton, where she majored in Music and English. She received her Masters of Science in Special Education at Bank Street College of Education in New York.

Choosing Mediation to Resolve a Conflict with Your Child's School

Comments on the Recommendations of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education

Creating Useful Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Developing Behavioral Intervention Plans: A Sequential Approach

Learn the rules from 1997 Amendments to IDEA for students who have behavior problems- including developing functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention plans, particularly as they pertain to discipline.

Developing Your Child's IEP

Developing Your Child's IEP: The IEP Process

Did You See Your Regular Ed Teacher at Your IEP Meeting?

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