Special-education Assessment and the IEP - A Chance for You to Advocate for Your Child

July 10, 2010

It is universally recognized that a child’s first five years of life are the most important in his or her overall development. As such, having your child assessed for special education eligibility can be an intimidating and scary process.

If your child is going through the assessment process, someone – either you or your child’s teacher or daycare provider – at some point questioned whether or not your child has a disability requiring special education. However, knowing the basics of the assessment process can alleviate a great deal of this fear and help equip you with the tools necessary to advocate on behalf of your child.

The federal special education law is the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA,) which dictates how municipalities and state governments must provide early intervention, special education, and related services to those children who qualify. IDEA mandates that each child receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE.) This means that state and local governments must provide such services as determined to properly meet a particular child’s needs.

The first step in the IDEA is the determination that your child should be assessed...

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by: Melissa R. Gillis

HealthCare News
July 2010

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