ERIC Number: ED419326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities. ERIC Digest #E567.
This digest summarizes the rights and responsibilities of parents of children in the special education process under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997. Among 15 rights listed are a free appropriate public education for every child, informed consent concerning evaluation and programmatic decisions, evaluation of the child in his/her primary language, participation in all individualized education program (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) team decisions, and voluntary mediation or a due process hearing to resolve differences with the school. Among the eight parental responsibilities listed are: asking for explanations of any unclear program aspects, making sure that IEP or IFSP goals and objectives are specific, monitoring the child's progress, keeping records, and joining a parent organization. The digest also suggests ways in which the parent can help the IEP or IFSP process, such as identifying the specific things the parent feels the child should learn, understanding the related services being provided, and discussing methods of effective discipline. Suggested organizational resources are also listed. (DB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Family Service Plans, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Parent School Relationship, Special Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; toll-free telephone: 800-328-0272; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http:/www.cec.sped.org/ericec.htm
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997