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Special Education

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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Interagency Agreements

Involving Teens in the IEP

Is It a Reading Disorder or Developmental Lag?

How do parents know if their child's reading delay is a real problem or simply a "developmental lag?" How long should parents wait before seeking help if their child is struggling with reading? Susan Hall answers these questions.

Knowing Your Child's Rights

Language-Based Learning Disability: What to Know

Language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) encompass a spectrum of cognitive and behavioral differences in processing, comprehending, and using language. Students with LBLD commonly experience difficulties with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, math, organization, attention, memory, social skills, perseverance, and self-regulation. However, a teaching style that is specialized and structured enables students with LBLD to succeed. Learn the essential facts about how to foster the strengths of students with LBLD in this article.

Late Blooming or Language Problem?

Learning Disabilities and the Arts

Art can help children with learning disabilities become better learners and improve their self-confidence. Find out how arts help children improve in their area of disability and develop academic skills.

Learning Disabilities: Implications for Policy Regarding Research and Practice

Leveling the Playing Field or Leveling the Players?

Mediation Opens Door to Amicable Dispute Resolution

No Child Left Behind: Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Assessment accommodations help people with learning disabilities display their skills accurately on examinations. Teachers, learn how to test the true knowledge of your students. Don't test their ability to write quickly if you want to see their science skills! Parents, these pointers will help you assure that your children are tested fairly.

No Child Left Behind: Making the Most of Options for IDEA-eligible Students

If a Title I school repeatedly underperforms, federal law provides opportunities for students to change schools or obtain additional instructional support. This parent advocacy brief looks at the information parents of students with disabilities need to know and understand in order to maximize these options.

Parent Guide to Re-Evaluation

Parents - Children's Best Advocates

Parents Ask About Occupational Therapy Services in Schools

Parents’ Rights To Information About Professionals Who Work With Their Children Under IDEA

Paths to Inclusion

Planning Student-Directed Transitions to Adult Life

Protecting Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

The Chicago Office of the Office for Civil Rights developed these materials in response to numerous requests from educators, parents and advocates in Wisconsin to clarify the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, in the area of elementary and secondary education.

Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents

Learn what questions to ask about Response to Intervention (RTI), an approach to helping struggling learners that is gaining momentum in schools across the country. This article from the National Association of School Psychologists tells you the most important features of the process, key terms, and RTI's relationship to special education evaluation.

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