ERIC Number: ED399712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Partners during Changing Times. An Information Booklet for Parents of Children with Special Needs.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Special Education Branch.
This guide for parents of children with disabilities in Alberta (Canada) focuses on the role of the parent on the educational team. Part 1 describes the rights of parents, the responsibilities of parents, and where parents can go for information and help. Part 2 discusses schools as partners, including information for parents on how to procure services if they believe their child has a disability. The assessment process and the individualized program plan are explained and ways to determine the most appropriate educational placement for a child are discussed. The availability of health-related support services for students with health needs is also addressed. Part 3 explains the process for dispute resolution and appeals. Parents are provided guidance on what to do if their child's unique special needs cannot be met in any program in the school jurisdiction. Part 4 provides information on special education funding, including basic instruction funding, severe disabilities funding, and Early Childhood Services program unit funding. Appendices include tips for parents on individualized program plans, transitions, a review of relevant legislation, a list of provincial parent support and advocacy groups, and a list of Alberta education policy documents and resources. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Due Process, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Health Services, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Associations, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Student Placement, Teamwork
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Special Education Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada