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Special Needs Education: Navigating for Your Child

Special Needs Education: Navigating for Your Child

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Special Needs Education: Navigating for Your Child

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.


Table of Contents

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

Extracurricular Activities

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

Concluding Thoughts


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