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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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The Americans With Disabilities Act

Learn your rights with this an essential primer on the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects people with learning disabilities.

The Identification of Students Who are Gifted

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.

The Law After High School

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.

The No Child Left Behind Act Title I: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged - Summary of Final Regulations

The Special Education Process: An Overview for Parents

Tips on Testifying for School Personnel

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

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.

Understanding Assessment Options for IDEA-eligible Students

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.

Understanding the Differences Between IDEA and Section 504

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.

Use of Accommodations in State Assessments: What Databases Tell Us About Differential Levels of Use and How to Document the Use of Accommodations

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.

What is a Manifest Determination Meeting?

Why Should We Mediate Special Education Disputes?

Why Special Education Teachers Should Care About Foster Care

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.

Year 2008 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children With LD

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.

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