Legislation & Policy
Teachers and parents often find the law and legal issues surrounding learning disabilities confusing and a bit daunting. With so many acronyms and numbers, it doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed! This section contains the most concise and pertinent legal and legislative information for teachers and parents. Included are articles about Section 504 and IDEA, ADHD, IEP’s, the least restrictive environment, and more.
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Learn your rights with this an essential primer on the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects people with learning disabilities.
This digest discusses the identification of students who are gifted, the difficulties in the identification process, appropriate identification practices, and procedures that can help with identification.
Learn about your legal rights and responsibilities for accommodations on the job, disclosure of your disability, documentation of your disability, and many other issues that come up after graduating high school.
How do a student's rights and responsibilities change when they move from high school to post-secondary education? Read these questions and answers from the Department of Education to find out.
The No Child Left Behind law requires each school test students in Reading/Language Arts & Math each year in grades 3-8, and at least once more in grades 10-12. In some cases, children eligible for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services may be able to access testing accommodations or even alternate tests, but parents need to fully understand the implications and potential consequences of participation in the various testing options.
Compare and contrast Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504. Topics include identification, eligibility, evaluation, responsibilities for providing a free and appropriate education (FAPE), and due process for disagreements between parents and schools.
Twelve states are now collecting information on the use of accommodations during state assessments according to The National Center on Educational Outcomes. The percentage of students with disabilities that used accommodations varied (8-82%) among the 12 states. Data on school level, type of accommodation, disability, and other factors are reported and analyzed.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that an estimated 528,000 youth reside in foster care. Thus, it is imperative that child welfare accounts for the important voice of special education teachers in the lives of foster children it serves.
Parents of kids with a severe learning disability may be eligible for valuable tax benefits. Read this 2008 update from GreatSchools Inc. to see if you qualify.