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PACER Center, 2018
Every child is unique and learns in different ways. Some children are identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school. Parents can play a major role in shaping the services a child receives. This guidebook has been written for parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of a child (ages 3 to 21 or…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, Cooperative Planning, Teamwork
PACER Center, 2015
Individuals who serve as surrogate parents fulfill an important role in the life of a child with a disability. Surrogates have become increasingly important in special education because a growing number of children are living outside their family for some period of their lives. Like parents, surrogates of children with disabilities are granted a…
Descriptors: Training, Disabilities, Special Education, Decision Making
PACER Center, 2014
This Action Information Sheet follows a family's process of selecting and using augmentative and alternative communication to help their young son, Max, speak. Max is affected by global dyspraxia, which makes learning new motor skills--especially speech--quite difficult. For the first years of his life, Max could not say words. Before he and his…
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Communication
PACER Center, 2014
Every child is unique and learns in different ways. Some children are identified as needing special education services to support his or her learning at school. Parents can play a major role in shaping the services a child receives. This guidebook has been written for parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of a child (ages 3 to 21 or…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Special Education, Public Schools
PACER Center, 2013
Parents of young children who are in early intervention (EI) or early childhood special education (ECSE) programs want to be sure these services are helping their children develop and learn. These services are designed to make the most of each child's potential as well as to strengthen the family's ability to help their child. This report asks how…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Special Education
PACER Center, 2009
Communication is important to all people. Through gestures, body language, writing, facial expressions, speech, and other means, people are able to share their thoughts and ideas, build relationships, and express their needs. When they cannot communicate, their behavior, learning, and sociability can all suffer. Fortunately, augmentative and…
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Assistive Technology, Hearing Impairments
PACER Center, 2006
Although high school students cannot control every aspect of their school education, they do have the power to make changes in their education program. As they influence major parts of their IEP, they gain more freedom and more control over what happens to them. This action sheet describes three steps for high school students to consider in taking…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Individualized Education Programs, Educational Planning
PACER Center, 2006
What can parents do to make sure their children with disabilities stay in school and graduate? Be involved. Research shows that one of the most essential strategies for promoting school completion and achievement is family involvement. When families remain involved in their children's middle and high school education, students are more likely to…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Student Behavior, Academic Persistence, Dropout Prevention
PACER Center, 2006
A high school diploma opens the door to many exciting new options. These might include a first full-time job, or part-time or full-time attendance at a technical school, community college, or university. Students might want to obtain a certificate, an associate degree, or a diploma. With so many choices, it can be a challenge to decide which path…
Descriptors: Employment Opportunities, Education Work Relationship, High School Students, Graduation
PACER Center, 2006
Being a self-advocate means asking for what one needs while respecting the needs of others. Self-advocacy is asking for what is needed in a direct, respectful manner. It is an important skill to acquire because self-advocacy helps: (1) Obtain what is needed; (2) People make personal choices; (3) Learn to say no without feeling guilty; and (4)…
Descriptors: Self Advocacy
PACER Center, 2006
Becoming familiar with the school district will help parents become active and involved partners in their child's education. Research has demonstrated that family involvement in children's education can boost their academic success. Knowing about the following areas, which are discussed in this information sheet, can help parental involvement at…
Descriptors: School Districts, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Parent Role
PACER Center, 2005
One of the greatest challenges facing educators is how to reach each student despite varied abilities and learning styles within the classroom. Using multimedia to educate students with disabilities can be key to overcoming this challenge. Multimedia allows teachers to create original and customized projects for students with disabilities, and to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Special Education, Multimedia Instruction
PACER Center, 2005
This article briefly discusses the proper way to speak to or about someone who has a disability and why it is important to say it differently for a person with a disability. In speaking or writing, remember that children or adults with disabilities are like everyone else--except they happen to have a disability. This article offers a few tips for…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Consciousness Raising, Interpersonal Competence
PACER Center, 2005
This document describes the steps to solving an issue sent in by a parent. The scenario addressed in this document is one where a parent indicates sometimes his/her child comes home from school and reports that he did not have time to finish his math or reading tests at school. The parent and the teacher had agreed at his Individualized Education…
Descriptors: Tests, Special Education, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Rights
PACER Center, 2005
Moving from middle school to high school can be challenging and exciting, but students with special needs may need to begin preparing for the move earlier than other students. As with other major changes in a child's life, the move to high school will go more smoothly if parents gather information and do some planning. A good time to begin…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Individualized Education Programs, School Orientation, Special Needs Students
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