ERIC Number: ED418524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Your Rights and Role in Special Education Services. Revised.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Exceptional Student Services.
Intended for parents (or surrogate parents) of children with disabilities in Arizona, this handbook explains rights and procedural safeguards under federal and state laws. Section 1, an introduction to special education, is followed by a section on parent rights in relation to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, initial evaluation, initial special education placement, confidentiality of student records, contents of prior written notice to parents, due process hearings, and attorneys' fees. Sections 3 and 4 describe 12 steps of student evaluation and placement including: (1) screening, (2) referral, (3) parental consent for evaluation, (4) student evaluation, (5) the multidisciplinary team meeting; (6) review of evaluation results; (7) the Individualized Education Program (IEP), (8) student placement in a special education program; (9) delivery of special education services; (10) semester progress reports; (11) annual IEP reviews; and (12) reevaluation for continued eligibility. Sections 5 and 6 discuss residential placement and the parent role. Section 7 addresses the importance of the child's school records and section 8 considers avenues, such as local, state, federal, and civil court, when the parent has concerns. The final section identifies other available resources, offers a glossary of terms, and lists relevant organizations and national toll-free numbers. Also included is a summary explanation of procedural safeguards. (DB)
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Referral, Residential Programs, Screening Tests, Special Education, State Legislation, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services, 1535 West Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007; telephone: 602-542-3852.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Exceptional Student Services.