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Establishing an IEP- Rights of Special Education Students

Special Education

Last updated on 05/24/2021 at 7:43 pm

This video describes your child’s rights under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These are federal laws, so the information is true for every state. 

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

What is a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)?

I have a child who may qualify for special educations services, where do I begin?

What happens after the school district receives my written request?

We have an evaluation conducted by the school. Now what?

What factors will the Eligibility Committee consider for eligibility?

If the Eligibility Committee determines that my child qualifies for special education, what are the next steps?

What does educating a student in the “least restrictive environment” mean?

What if I disagree with the initial evaluations considered by the Eligibility Committee when they determined that my child was ineligible special education services?

What if the Eligibility Committee determines that my child still does not qualify for special education services after the IEE is completed?

What is a State Complaint?

What is mediation?

What is a Due Process Hearing?