Special Education
 


10 Basic Steps in Special Education
This information identifies the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services.
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher:
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process
This guide will help parents identify if a childís early intervention or early childhood special education program is meeting his or her needs.
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: National Parent Technical Assistance Center

A Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504
This pamphlet is designed specifically to give parents understanding by providing information to help them access services for eligible Section 504 students.
Author: John Copenhaver
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center

A Place to Start: Understanding the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance Statement
This article explains that the PLAAFP statement leads to the development of annual goals, accommodations, modifications and other IEP services. All IEP goals should be connected to the PLAAFP statement.
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Pacer Center

Assistive Technology
This information can help parents identify assistive technology for their children with disabilities to improve their access to the general education curriculum.
Publisher: Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education


Attending Meetings to Plan Your Childís Individualized Education Program (IEP)
This is a guide for parents to know what to do and what to expect before, during, and after an IEP meeting.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Pacer Center

Chronic Health Needs: Ideas for Accommodations
This article lists several ways to provide services for children with chronic health care needs.
Publisher: Phoenix Childrenís Hospital

Communication in the Special Education Process
This article explains a parentís responsibility extends beyond giving consent and accepting explanations and that they are part of a team all working together to benefit the child. 
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Pacer Center

Evaluation: What Does It Mean for Your Child?
This article explains evaluation as a process that helps parents and schools determine whether a child has a disability and that a child cannot receive special education without an evaluation.
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Pacer Center

Frequently Asked Questions
This is a list of questions that parents often want to know. Some of the answers include links to obtain further information for parents in Arizona.
Publisher: Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education

Glossary of Special Education Terms
This document provides an extensive list of terms and definitions.
Publication Date: Revised July 2007
Publisher: Parent Information Network

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

Informed Parent Consent for Pre-School and School-Aged Children with Disabilities
This document explains when a child receives special education services, there are times when the school must obtain a parentís written permission before acting.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

Measurable Goals
This document gives an explanation of goals that are contained in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and describe what a student can reasonably accomplish within one year.
Publication Date: Revised July 2007
Publisher: Parent Information Network

Parents as Advocates
This article defines advocacy, gives pointers and guidelines for becoming an effective parent advocate, and discusses developing self-advocacy skills with their children.
Publication Date: August 2004
Publisher: Parent Information Network


Parentsí Experiences with the IEP Process: Considerations for Improving Practice
This document highlights recommendations from the findings of 10 studies for improving the experiences of parents and encouraging their participation in IEP meetings.
Authors: John W. Reiman, Laura Beck, Teresa Coppola, and Anita Engiles
Publication Date: April 2010
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Planning Your Childís Individualized Education Program (IEP): Some Suggestions to Consider
This information sheet explains what a parent needs to know and consider before and after a childís Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting.
Publication Date: 2006 
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers


Possible Classroom Accommodations For Specific Difficulties
This article lists several ways to provide services for children with specific difficulties.
Publisher: Phoenix Childrenís Hospital

Related Services
This article explains that any service necessary for a child to benefit from his or her special education program must be provided according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Pacer Center

Special Education: Evaluation and Reevaluation
This information sheet explains the evaluation process that takes place before a child receives special education and the reevaluation process necessary to show if there is still a need for special education.
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

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

Traveling the Special Education Highway
This is a guide for information about parental rights and special education procedures.
Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Parent Information Network

Understanding the Special Education Process
This overview for parents shows what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation and is identified as having a disability through the development of an individualized education program (IEP).
Publisher: Families and Advocates Partnership for Education 

What Can a Family Expect From Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizonaís Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Information covers available community and social services, special education, special health care needs, and training opportunities.
Publisher: Raising Special Kids

What Is the Difference Between an IFSP and an IEP?
This article explains the services that a family needs to enhance the development of their child and the educational needs of the child. Included is a chart of some significant differences.
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Pacer Center

What Parents Need to Know About School-Based Occupational Therapy
This document answers questions parents may have regarding school-based occupational therapy for their child.
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: The American Occupational Therapy Association 

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