ERIC Number: ED434440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Parent Guide to Special Education for Preschool Children in Pennsylvania.
Parent Education Network, York, PA.
This guide is intended to help Pennsylvania parents of preschool children with special needs to understand their rights and assist in the design of an appropriate early intervention preschool educational program. An overview of special education laws focuses on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B. The main sections of the guide provide information on: referral; transition at age 3, which includes transfer of responsibility from the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Education; the multi-disciplinary evaluation team, such as the required members; the multi-disciplinary evaluation, including required areas for evaluation; what makes an evaluation "appropriate," such as appropriate tests and testing environment; independent evaluations; re-evaluations; the comprehensive evaluation report, including required components; eligibility; the individualized education program (IEP) and its required components; services and personnel; placement; community childcare or preschool; other IEP requirements; conflict resolution, including complaints, mediation, conferences, and hearings; and transition to school-age programs. Three appendices provide a checklist of preparation steps for the IEP meeting, a list of suggested questions for parents to ask, and a glossary of abbreviations. (DB)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Conflict Resolution, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Due Process, Early Intervention, Educational Legislation, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parent Rights, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Placement
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Parent Education Network, York, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act