Author: Lynne Williams, Esq.
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Whether your child has just been diagnosed with a disability, you’re dissatisfied with the special education provided or you want to be sure your disabled child is receiving all possible benefits, this book can help you. Written by an attorney with firsthand experience navigating special education for her own child, this easy Real Life Legal™ guide gives you an insider’s take on what you need to do to be the best advocate for your child.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that states provide a public education that takes into account your child’s special needs, from preschool to adulthood. This guide will make it easy to understand how your child gets professionally evaluated to determine if he or she is entitled to a free, appropriated public education (FAPE), which is mandated for disabled students.
Depending on your child’s condition or illness, you may have already experienced quite a journey getting to the point of confirming a diagnosis. If you’re in a tough situation and the school district isn’t responsive, or you need to understand the administrative procedures that will impact getting your child what he or she needs and what the law requires, this book will help.
We cover that all here. And make it easy to understand.
Real Life Legal™ wants you to be prepared.
Lynne Williams is a special education attorney assisting with mediation, due process hearings and court proceedings. She is the parent of a child who requires special needs educations and is licensed to practice law in Maine.
hat This Book’s About
Children Newly Diagnosed with Special Needs
Children Receiving Special Needs Services
Special Needs Education After High School
Special Needs Advocacy: Do You Need a Lawyer?
Finding an Attorney for Special Needs Education
Federal Law Mandates Education for the Disabled
What Is a Regulation?
Your Child’s Rights and the IDEA
Disabilities That Warrant Special Education Services
Other Health Impairments Treated as Disabilities
Eligibility vs. Accommodations for Special Needs Students
Formulating an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
What is the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?
IEP at Home
The IEP Team
How the IEP Team Makes Decisions
Challenging a Special Needs Assessment
Attorney at the IEP Team Meeting
How Special Needs Diagnoses Can Result in Different Treatment
Legal Remedies for a Failed IEP
Failure to Address IEP Issues
Mediation by the State Department of Education
When Mediation Doesn’t Work
Time Limit on IEP Issues
Winning a Due Process Hearing
Losing the Due Process Hearing
Appealing to Federal Court
Seeking State Remedies After Losing a Due Process Hearing
Special Education for Preschool Children
What is Early Intervention?
Determining Eligibility for Early Intervention Services
Length of Eligibility
Transitioning out of Early Child Education Services into a Pre-K Program
IEP Timelines, Timeframes and Deadlines
Special Education in Special Circumstances
Special Education During Home Convalescence
Special Needs for Students in Private or Parochial Schools
Private School as Only FAPE Option
Homeschooling Special Needs
Discipline for Special Education Students
Severe Behavior That Prevents School Attendance
What’s Next? Transition Planning
Are Transition IEP Teams Different?
Elements of a Transition IEP
About the Author
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