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 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 Child’s 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

Being an Advocate for Your Child
This article discusses parents advocating for the child as presenting information and making requests in a focused way to ensure that something important gets done.
Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind


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

Communication in the Special Education Process
This article explains a parent’s 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

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 parent’s written permission before acting.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
This guide summarizes key requirements of Section 504 and aims to increase understanding of these requirements for both parents and members of the school community alike.
Publication Date: December 2016
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights


Parents’ 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 Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP): Some Suggestions to Consider
This information sheet explains what a parent needs to know and consider before and after a child’s 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 Children’s Hospital

Qualified Professionals Eligible to Conduct Appropriate Evaluations
This AZ-TAS document provides the list of qualified professionals developed by the Department of Education as required by (R7-2-401(G)(8) as amended and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education on 1/29/18.
Publication Date: January 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education 


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

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: 6 Questions Parents Should Ask
This white paper includes information to consider before determining to use funds from vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs for private school tuition and how using the funds could impact your child’s education and civil rights.
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: Implications and Considerations for Students with Disabilities
This white paper examines three types of programs and draws from real examples to demonstrate the potential pitfalls for students with disabilities and their families that include: the potential loss of federal civil rights protections, inadequate access to information, and added costs.
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: Students’ Civil Rights Alert
This paper explains that when students with disabilities enroll in a private school by accepting money through vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs, they are often denied the rights afforded to them under federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: The Basics
This white paper explains vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs and how they allow some students to use public money to pay for private school tuition. 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: The Hidden Costs
This white paper explains vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs do not always cover the full cost of educating a student—especially a student with disabilities. 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

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 nation’s 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 child’s IEP.
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Special Education Handbook: A Brief Overview of the History and Requirements of Part B of the IDEA
This handbook defines laws and requirements for providing special education. It includes the special education framework, Child Find, evaluation, consent for services, IEPs, delivery of services, procedural safeguards, prior written notice, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and behavior and discipline.
Authors: Kacey Gregson and Shannon Chavez
Publication Date: January 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education


Traveling the Special Education Highway
This is a guide for information about parental rights and special education procedures.
Publication Date: Revised 2016
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

What Can a Family Expect From Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizona’s 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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