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What Services Are Available If Your Child Doesn’t Qualify for Special Ed Under the IDEA?
Students with physical or mental disabilities—including some medical conditions—may be able to get accommodations and services at school under Section 504, even if they aren’t eligible under the better-known special ed law. ... READ MORE

IDEA and Special Ed: What Is “Appropriate Education” for Students With Disabilities?
The U.S. Supreme Court has said that public schools must provide special education that’s “appropriately ambitious” in light of each student’s individual circumstances. ... READ MORE

What Rights Do Special Ed Students and Parents Have Under Federal Law?
A federal law known as the IDEA protects the rights of children with disabilities—and their parents—to free and appropriate education, proper evaluation, and a range of services. ... READ MORE

What Are My Child’s Rights Under Special Ed Voucher Programs?
If you accept a special education voucher from your state to send your child to private school, you’re almost certainly giving up the legal rights guaranteed to children with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. ... READ MORE

Special Education and the IDEA: FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions about the rights of special ed students and their parents. ... READ MORE

How Can You Challenge a School’s Actions Affecting Your Special Ed Child?
Under federal special education law, parents are entitled to an impartial process for resolving disagreements with school districts over their children’s special education. But they usually have to go through that process before they can sue. ... READ MORE

What’s an IEP for Special Ed Students?
If your child qualifies under the IDEA, you’re entitled to take part in developing an annual special ed program that’s tailored to your child’s unique needs and provides support for mainstreaming as much as possible. ... READ MORE

What Support Services Do Schools Have to Provide for Special Ed Students?
Federal law requires public school districts to pay for a wide range of support services that are needed to help students with disabilities function and learn at school. ... READ MORE

Does My Special Ed Child Have a Right to be Mainstreamed in School?
Federal law requires public schools to place special education students in regular classrooms alongside nondisabled children—as much as it’s appropriate, and with the services and support they need to make that happen. ... READ MORE

Autism and Hot Issues
  Autism is a term used to describe a group of developmental disorders It affects millions of Americans, and millions more around the globe Some argue autism is caused by vaccines given to many children, especially in the US. The scientific community - and US courts - disagree People with autism are ... READ MORE

 

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Attorney General Opinion Regarding Video Surveillance of Special Education

Under Senate Bill (SB) 507, which was codified as § 29.022 of the Texas Education Code, upon the request of a parent, trustee, or staff member, a district must install one or more video cameras i ... Read more

Audio Recording: Your Right To Record the Special Education IEP Meeting

While the IDEA, the federal laws protecting special education rights, doesn’t specifically mention audio recording, California law does allow audio recording of an IEP.  Each state may have ... Read more

Autism Private Health Insurance Impact on the IEP and ISP

The Autism Private Health Insurance Mandate Reform bill was signed by Governor Brown. The law provides for behavioral treatment services for individuals with autism or pervasive developmental disorder ... Read more

Inappropriate Restraint Ruling

The ninth circuit ruled that an autistic child’s  parents were required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing various legal claims against a school district for restrai ... Read more

FAPE Standard

In a footnote of a 9th circuit decision, the Court essentially lowered the FAPE standard to such a degree that it allows Districts to lower educational challenges for disabled students enrolled in K-1 ... Read more

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