Overview of the Special Education Process: Essentials for Parents
If your child is struggling in school, it’s important to find out why. If a disability is affecting your child’s educational performance, your child may be eligible for special education and related services that can help. Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of eligible children who have disabilities.
Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and are made available by a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Gather information about each step of the special education process.
Provides tips on how to request an initial special education evaluation for your child.
Overview of the timeline and legal requirements for a referral for an initial special education evaluation.
Provides information that can help parents gain an understanding of the basics of the admission, review, dismissal (ARD) process.
Learn more about the essential components of an individualized education program for children eligible for special education services.
Gather information about Texas Education Agency’s special education complaints process and tips for resolving special education disputes.
Assists students and families with creating a path to a successful life after high school
Gather tips that can help ease transitions for your your child by using strengths-based introductions
Find answers to common questions about special education
View an alphabetical listing of many special education terms and acronyms that you and your child may need to know.
Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Explains parents’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Parent's Guide to the ARD Process
Contains information parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting