Special Education Study: Inclusion May Not Be Best After All

Disability Scoop
November 1, 2012

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students who qualify for special education are supposed to be served in the least restrictive environment. However, the study authors said their results call into question whether or not that requirement is associated with achieving the best long-term outcomes.

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Roadmap to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

WrightsLaw Newsletter
September 25, 2012

Do you know what IDEA really says about IEPs?

• Who may be excused from IEP meetings?
• Can I change my child's IEP without a meeting?
• What are the IEP requirements for transition?
• What happens to services when we transfer schools?
• What does the law say about developing, reviewing and revising IEPs?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal requirements of IEPs. Get answers to your questions and find out what you need to know about IEPs, IEP teams, and IEP meetings. Learn how to use tactics and strategies to get quality services in your child's IEP.


Inclusion: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from the National Education Association

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) have been asked to provide guidance in a question and answer format on some frequently asked questions about the requirements of Federal law, particularly the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), that are relevant to educating students with disabilities. These questions were submitted by the National Education Association. Read more.


The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

By Timothy A. Adams, Esq.
July 11, 2010

Federal law defines special education as specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the unique needs of a child with disabilities. Instruction can include classroom and home instruction as well as instruction provided in hospitals and institutions. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) guarantees a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children who are eligible for and receive special education up to age 21 years.

The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know,” by special education attorney, Timothy Adams, will provide information about the special education process, from determining eligibility for special education to developing, implementing and enforcing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for eligible children.



Our Nation's Children At Risk: A State-by-State Report on Early Intervention

Easter Seals new report (2011) -- Our Nation’s Children at Risk: A State-by-State Report on Early Intervention -- gives us a sense for how well each state takes care of its youngest children with disabilities and delays. The fact is: infants and toddlers in nearly every state continue to fall behind, many will never catch up. Yet, with the right investment in treatment and therapy before the age of five, we can change the state of early intervention for millions of families across the country.


Special Education Help Centers Get $5 Million Boost

Disability Scoop
August 12, 2011

A series of centers across the country designed to help parents find their way in the special education system are getting a lift from the federal government. A total of 19 parent training and information centers located in 13 states and Puerto Rico will each get a piece of more than $5 million worth of funding, according to the U.S. Department of Education. With the new grants, there are now 91 federally-funded centers tasked with helping parents of children with disabilities, including at least one in each state, officials said. The new funding will help support centers in Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Puerto Rico, Vermont and Wisconsin.


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