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Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2009
Parents of children with disabilities usually receive little or no training in communication and partnership skills. These skills are very helpful in Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning. This guidebook offers parents of children with disabilities a variety of practical ideas to improve effective interaction between parents and school…
Descriptors: Parent Materials, Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Parents
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
In order to be a good reader, your child must be able to do two things at the same time: (1) decode the words on the page and (2) understand what the words mean. Early reading instruction focuses on teaching a child how to read single words. But being good at reading single words is not the only skill your child needs. Once your child has become…
Descriptors: Sentences, Early Reading, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
Before a child receives special education or related services, he or she must have an evaluation. The evaluation will help determine if a child needs special education. A parent or a member of the school staff may make the request for an evaluation. The child's parent must give consent in writing for the first evaluation. The evaluation will…
Descriptors: Disabilities, School Districts, Special Education, Evaluation Methods
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
IDEA is the nation's special education law. Under IDEA if a child is found to be a "child with a disability," he or she is eligible for special education and related services. If your child has a disability, under IDEA, a team of people will gather to talk about what special instruction and services your child needs. This team includes…
Descriptors: Test Results, Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Achievement Tests
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
Successful and meaningful transition services are the result of careful planning. This planning is driven by a young person's dreams, desires, and abilities. It builds a youth's participation in school, home and community living. Transition planning helps to prepare young people for their futures. It helps them to develop skills they need to go on…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Transition Plans, Transitional Programs
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
Evaluation is a process that helps parents and schools determine whether a child has a disability. Under IDEA a "child with a disability" is one who qualifies for special education and related services. A child cannot receive special education without an evaluation. Evaluation is completed in all areas of suspected disability. The…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Related Services (Special Education), Special Education
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2007
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes transportation within its definition of "related services." This means that students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have the right to receive special transportation services if it is needed. Transportation and assistance may be provided to a child whose…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Programs, Disabilities, Student Transportation
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
Internal controls are important to ensure your Parent Center's resources are well protected. Steps should be taken to ensure that finance transactions are authorized by management, executed properly and on time, and recorded appropriately. Some centers may not have staff with all of the titles used in the procedures presented in this paper.…
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Accounting, Program Administration, Administrative Organization
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
This paper presents some suggestions parents should consider when planning their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Suggestions are organized according to these sections: (1) Before the IEP team meeting; (2) At the IEP team meeting; and (3) After the IEP team meeting.
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Instruction, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Disabilities
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
A child with a disability is expected to take tests along with his or her non-disabled classmates. The child may receive accommodations or modifications, if needed. Some children may take alternate assessments. Some may take tests that measure progress in alternate standards. Your child must recall facts quickly and correctly to do well on tests.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Long Term Memory, Mnemonics, Teaching Methods
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
Children go to school to learn, of course. But parents of children with disabilities often ask, "How will I know my child is learning and making progress?" Parents can answer that question by looking at a variety of data, including information from special education and general education sources and information from outside the school.…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Parents, General Education, Special Education
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
Informed Parent Consent is one of the important parent rights in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). IDEA is the federal special education law. When your child receives special education services, there are times when the school must obtain your written permission before acting. More details are presented in this paper.…
Descriptors: Parent Rights, Disabilities, Special Education, Special Needs Students
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
Research shows that assistive technology (AT) can help young children with disabilities to learn developmental skills. Its use may help infants and toddlers to improve in many areas: (1) social skills including sharing and taking turns; (2) communication skills; (3) attention span; (4) fine and gross motor skills; and (5) self confidence and…
Descriptors: Attention Span, Self Esteem, Disabilities, Toddlers
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
Prior Written Notice is one of the important rights in special education for parents. These rights are in a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When a child receives special education services, this law says that schools must notify parents in writing before taking a specific action or before refusing to take…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Special Education, Parents
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, 2006
The chart presented in this paper offers an overview of the special education process. It is not designed to show all steps or the specific details. It shows what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation and is identified as having a disability, through the development of an individualized education program (IEP). The process…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Special Education, Charts
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