Online Guide To Special Education Law & Advocacy

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October 17, 2007

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 408
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Online Guide to Special Education Law & Advocacy

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If you have a child with a disability who qualifies for special education services under the IDEA, the school must provide your child with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment.

The purpose of IDEA 2004 is "to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living." (20 U.S.C. § 1400(d))

You'll want to learn as much as you can about your rights and responsibilities under the IDEA and how to be an effective advocate for your child.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate will help you learn how to navigate and use the online guide at Wrightslaw to find accurate and reliable information about special education law and advocacy.

Breaking News! Scroll down to learn what action the Supreme Court took in Hyde Park Board of Education v. Frank G.

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Alert! Hyde Park Bd of Ed v. Frank G.

On Friday, October 12, the Supreme Court decided not to grant certiorari in Hyde Park Board of Education v. Frank G. According to the order of denial, "Justice Kennedy took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition."

The question in Frank G. was the same as the question in New York City Bd of Education v. Tom F. (06-637) - whether the parents of a disabled child can be reimbursed for a private special education program if their child was not placed in a public school special education program. Justice Kennedy recused himself in the Tom F. case which lead to the split 4-4 decision.

What do these cases mean to you? The decision in Tom F. upheld the ruling of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, but does not set a precedent on the legal question.

Stay tuned. Pete is working on an article that will answer your questions about these cases.

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Online Guide to Special Education Law & Advocacy

Wrightslaw is a huge site that includes thousands of articles, decisions, and news items on many topics. - Start Here!

Once you are 'Home' at Wrightslaw - Look Left!

You'll find the left column filled with links that will quickly take you to the information you need.

Want information on advocacy skills, strategies and techniques? Look under the Advocacy Library.

Need legal information or want to read relevant special education caselaw? Look under the Law Library.

Bookmark the Sitemap so you can easily find information on dozens of topics, resources and services.

Use the Topics listings to find answers to your questions.

  • Do you need the definition of FAPE?
  • Are you preparing for your first IEP meeting?
  • Need information about Section 504?
  • Is your child getting ready to transition?
  • Want to know exactly what IDEA 04 says?

Click on the topic you are interested in. It will take you to an index page that will provide links to much information: legal articles, advocacy information, caselaw, resources, etc.

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Don't see the information you need? Every page on Wrightslaw has it's own Google search box.


It's easy.

Type your topic in the box and click search. Google will search Wrightslaw for any information available on your topic.

When you find the information you need, use the "print this page" feature you will find on each page. The information is yours.

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Now you can let your fingers "scroll" through the Yellow Pages for Kids.

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Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys.

Just select a state in the Yellow Pages for Kids state directory and scroll through the listings of resources in your area.

You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.

Yellow Pages for Kids User Guide

The Yellow Pages for Kids User Guide will teach you how to be a more effective advocate. Learn how to build your team, get educated about your child's disability, find special education advocacy training, locate a parent group, and get legal and advocacy help.

Want to contact your state department of education? Find it fast in the Yellow Pages.

Need to talk to someone at your local Parent Training and Information Center? Find it fast in the Yellow Pages.

Would you or your organization like to be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids?

Do you help parents and caregivers get special education services for children with disabilities? Does your organization provide information and assistance? Do you facilitate a support or study group for parents of children with disabilities?

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