ERIC Number: ED394235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Parents Can Be the Key...to an Appropriate Education for Their Child with Disabilities. A Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education for Parents of Children with Disabilities.
PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
This booklet summarizes the rights and responsibilities of Minnesota parents of children with disabilities and offers guidelines on how best to advocate for their child. Introductory material briefly describes the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and its programs. The booklet then summarizes federal court decisions, federal laws, and state laws impacting on special education. It uses a question and answer format to address the following issues: eligibility for special education services, available services for infants, the initial assessment process, later assessments, the parent role in the assessment process, areas of assessment, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), special education and related services, determining a child's appropriate placement, characteristics of a good IEP, parent involvement in the IEP, and the procedure when parents and the school disagree. Tips for good parent-school communication are provided, along with 10 guidelines for being a child's advocate. Additional questions and answers consider changes in the IEP, changes in the child's placement, removal of information from the child's records, life-long implications of a child's special education, transition to the adult world, and rights when the student is not in a public school. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disability Identification, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Individualized Education Programs, Infants, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Student Rights
PACER Center, 4826 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-1098 ($2; quantity discount available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.
Note: For earlier edition, see ED 259 542.