Legal Guidelines
 


A Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504
This guide provides information regarding the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with respect to preschool, elementary, and secondary school policies involving services for children with physical and mental disabilities.
Author: John Copenhaver
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center

Addressing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Overrepresentation in Special Education: Guidelines for Parents
This article discusses how overrepresentation can be identified and monitored and provides detailed guidelines for culturally and linguistically diverse parent involvement in the special education process.
Authors: Alfredo Artiles and Beth Harry
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

Addressing Discrimination in School Matters
This document discusses safeguarding studentsí rights to learn and fighting discrimination in schools.
Authors: Amanda L. Sullivan
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Equity Alliance at Arizona State University

Communicating with Your Childís School Through Letter Writing
This Parentís Guide will help you in writing to the professionals involved in your childís special education. Background information for legal guidelines and sample letters are included.
Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Dispute Resolution
This booklet explains the informal and formal processes available to parents when they have questions and concerns regarding their childís special education program. 
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

How to Request a One-to-One Paraprofessional for Your Child
This article discusses how parents need to express what they want, how to get it, and the outcomes they expect when requesting a paraprofessional.
Author: Wayne Steedman
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Wrightslaw

IDEA Special Education Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests Including Expedited Hearing Requests: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

IDEA Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Mediation generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

IDEA Special Education Resolution Meetings: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Resolution Meetings generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): A Simplified Guide to Key Legal Requirements
This is a breakdown of the requirements of the IDEA regulations regarding LRE and an explanation for each.
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Pacer Center

Legal Rights: The Overrepresentation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education
This brief discusses practical application of the laws, hypothetical examples of how the legal procedures might work in reality, and the process for filing complaints with the Office of Civil Rights. 
Author: Kevin Welner
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do . . . and Not Do
This includes a list with explanations on what parents of children with disabilities should and should not do when working to ensure the best education for their children.
Author: Leslie Seid Margolis
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Wrightslaw

Parental Right to Participate in Meetings
This article discusses participation in meetings with respect to their childís identification, evaluation, educational placement, and provision of free appropriate public education to their child.
Publication Date: December 2010
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Related Services
This article discusses what related services are and how the IEP must contain a statement of the special education and  related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child. 
Publication Date: Updated March 2013
Publisher: Nation Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities


Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities have a certain role to play in the process of getting their children the help they need. This article lists rights and responsibilities and explains what parents can expect.
Author: Bernadette Knoblauch
Publisher: Reading Rockets

The IEP Team
This article contains a list, as specified in IDEA, our nationís special education law, of the members of the IEP team and includes links to read the details of how each of these IEP team members can help in developing a childís IEP.
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

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