Educational Information – 504, IEP, etc.

See also:

Accommodations and Modifications
Educational Options Scenarios
Legal Issues, Advocacy, and Consulting

504 Great Schools – “A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools”

504 U.S. Dept. of Education
Information about the law and Office for Civil Rights protection for students with 504 designation.

504 (Wrightslaw Website)

Who is Eligible for Protections Under Section 504 but Not Under IDEA?

ADA-AA and 504
Read this article about the new rights of some students previously denied 504 protections and accommodations and about this expanded definition of disabilities and eligibility for students.

CA Department of Education Special Education
Provides information and links to activities & events, special education advisory groups, searchable databases for special education related information, resources and support for parents and families, latest on federal and state legislation, legal advisories, programs and services, training and technical assistance, publications, and other current topics related to children with disabilities.

CA Department of Education Special Education
Check this page for information on “Composite of Laws’ for special ed, data on non-public schools, SELPA’s required components, Special Ed management software, and enrollment data.

CA Department of Education Special Education – Quality Assurance Process
Find information and reports on the quality of state programs, “to assure that students with disabilities receive the programs and services they need, positive results are achieved, and procedural safeguards are provided.”  Find out how you can participate in parent meetings and reviews of the programs, learn about your rights, and get in contact with Procedural Safeguards Hotline for information on compliance or to lodge a complaint.

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CA Department of Education Special Education (State laws, regulation, policy and guidance)

CA Department of Education Special Education (Writing IEP’s)
Training on Writing IEP based on State Standards.  Forms, examples and resources.

California Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws, 31st Edition.
Searchable database for Education Code, Part 30. These publications contain state laws and related state regulations relative to special education services for children, ages birth through 21, with disabilities, and uniform complaint procedures.

For other laws (you need title or code # to search)

CASE Handbook on Special Education Rights
View or download the Special Education Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, co-written with Protection and Advocacy, Inc., is a complete guide and resource on the special education process available today.

Charter Schools and Inclusion Sites -
find information on implementing special education in Charter Schools

California State Information

‘Primers’ site on special education issues in Charter Schools

‘Primers’ Special Reports on Charter Schools

States’ laws on Special Education in Charter Schools

California Charter Schools Associaton – Special Education
Offers basic information on requesting and receiving special education services legally in charter schools.

CA State Laws on Special Education in Charter Schools

CalSTAT Project of California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Funded through the Special Education Division and the California State Improvement Grant, (SIG) CalSTAT’s overarching goal is to support collaboration between general education and special education.

Educational Options Scenarios
article on possible educational placement / choices for regular and special education students

FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education ) under 504
Information from the US Dept. of Education concerning children with disabilities who are entitled to a free appropriate public education.

FAPE (Families and Advocates Partnership for Education)
Overview on government laws for persons with disabilities, including IDEA, ADA, NCLB, etc.

FAPE (Wrightslaw Website)
Information and articles about FAPE.

Frequently Asked Questions about Special Education – By Wrightslaw
Good list of topics to check out, including IEP’s, advocacy, behavior and discipline, due process hearings, high-stakes testing and much more.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
Official Government site on IDEA provides searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner.

IDEA: NICHCY Information on “Categories of Disability Under IDEA”
Lists the disabilities according to IDEA that are considered eligible for special education services, as well as provides the following information on each disability: Definition, Characteristics, Causes, Frequency, and Help for School-Aged Children.

IDEA (Wrightslaw Website)
Advocacy and legal issues website with info on IDEA Law & Regulations, Commentary to the Regulations, Guidance from Education Dept, What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004, and IDEA
2004 Publications & Reports.

IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation) Articles by Wrightslaw
Information on parents’ rights to obtain an independent evaluation for their child.

IEP – Ed.Gov’s Guide to The Individualized Education Program
Archived information outlines 10 steps toward getting an IEP for students with disabilities, along with useful information for parents for each step of the way, including evaluations, teacher training, services, transition services, and more.

IEP Essentials by Wrightslaw
Student Level of Performance Checklist

Annual Goals Checklist

Student Annual Review Checklist

Wrightslaw Game Plan: Smart IEP’s

‘Smart’ IEP’s Article

‘Parent’ IEP Attachemnt

IEP Eligibility Forms (from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
View examples of checklist-style eligibility forms for each of the designated disability categories used by the Federal Government.  Most states and school districts have the same or similar forms.

IEP Goals: The Access Center
Offers Handbook on Goals and Objectives Related to the Essential State of CA Content Standards (2003)
These are sample goals aligned to state curriculum standards for each grade, with info on how to develop and monitor their progress.

IEP Goals (from Redmond, Oregon IEP Bank)
Extensive list of potential IEP goals for all subjects and lifeskills areas

IEP (Individualized Education Plan) US Dept. of Education,root,dynamic,TopicalArea,1,

IEP (Learning Disabilities Online Website)

IEP Manual by Santa Clara County Office of Education – Writing IEP’s for Educational Benefit
Covers all aspects of IEP’s, written so professionals and parents can understand the steps, forms, eligibility, and services.

IEP Online Training – by CALStat
Do this free online training to learn about IEP’s and the process.

IEP Process by DREDF (Disability Rights Education Fund)
Lists the steps within the IEP process, (referral, assessment, eligibility, IEP Plan, placement, and review) along with sample letters to view and IEP regulations and basic information.

IEP and IDEA Resources – by CALStat
Find National and State resources via the links on their page.

IEP Prep Tool – by PHP (Parents Helping Parents)
Use this parent checklist tool to make sure you are ready for your child’s IEP.

Who is on the IEP Team? Click here for information about the IEP Team

IEP (from Special Ed Forms website)
Chart for Developing appropriate IEP Goals

IEP State Standards
View info on closing the gap for special needs students and aligning IEP to state standards

IEP (Wrigthslaw Website)

Least Restrictive Environment for California
Information on LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) which is one of the ‘principles that governs the education of students with disabilities…meaning that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. The student should be provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non-disabled peers.”  Click on the links on the webpage for more information.

No Child Left Behind
Official website for information on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and revision of 2004

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Works to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Parents Helping Parents – Special Education Information
Info on First IEP Meeting, as well as sections on Common Questions, Online Parent Trainings,  and Evaluations for Special Ed

E-Packets for Parents on Special Ed Topics

Primers – Implementing Special Education in Charter Schools
Site with links to articles, information, and requirements concerning implementing Special Education services in charter schools as well as creating charter schools geared to special education students.

Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services Hotline
Phone: 800-926-0648
TTY: 916-323-9779
Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Provides free technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. You can also lodge a complaint about your child’s IEP or 504 services.

Response to Intervention (RTI) – National Center on Response to Intervention
“Integrates assessment and intervention within a {prevention system} to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems.  With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities.”

Response to Intervention (RTI) – Parents Helping Parents
Once on the site, click on the link to access information about eligibility and laws.

Response to Intervention (RTI) – US Dept. of Education IDEA,root,dynamic,QaCorner,8,
View their page: RTI Questions and Answers on RTI and Early Intervention Services

Response to Intervention (RTI) – Wrightslaw
Explains what RTI is and is not, what IDEA says about RTI and specific learning disabilities, concerns about the RTI process, and questions to ask about identification of students and appropriate instruction.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) – CA
State website on how regions shall “provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries.”  Each region has a local plan describing how it provides special education services.
Click here for info on Santa Cruz North County Local Plan Area
Click here to view the Santa Cruz North County SELPA Parents Handbook
Click here for SELPA Parents Resources
Click here to view Santa Clara County SELPA Manual

Special Education Parent Training Alliance (SEPTA)
Info about and links to education websites and resources.

Tourette Syndrome Association – Important Changes Regarding Eligibility for 504 Plans
Article on how specific changes affect students with TS

Transition Guide (Santa Cruz North County SELPA)