Special Education Links
I wanted to focus on IEP's (Individualized Education Plans) with the end of the school year only a few months away.
I've included some links and information that I hope you will find beneficial in preparing your child's IEP.
SpecialEdLaw.net : www.specialedlaw.net "SpecialEdLaw.net is a multidisciplinary internet resource for parents of special needs children, as well as attorneys, special education administrators, teachers, psychologists, and others with a need for information relating to Special Education law." This site has all kinds of information. Not only will you find information on IDEA and Section 504 but also on FERPA, HHS,OCR, TITLE IX and ADA. You will also find materials listed and message boards for parents, teachers lawyers and psychologists.
The Instant Access Treasure Chest: http://www.fln.vcu.edu/ld/ld.html So much information here I could list if I tried. Lots of valuable information here.
Internet Special Education Resources: http://www.iser.com/index.shtml This site is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. We help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs.
Special Education News: http://www.specialednews.com This site is much more than just current information regarding special education laws. Here you'll find information on behavior management, conflict resolution, areas for educators and families, specific disabilities, state by state information and more.
Learning Disabilities Information and Education Center: http://www.ldiec.net Here you will find answers to many questions you might have about :adhd, add (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),special education, learning disabilities, learning disorders, dyslexia, continuing education, Education For ADHD, school problems, individualized education programs, learning problems, reading problems.
The Family Village: http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/education/advocacy.html Lots of valuable links regarding advocacy and other information.
Protection and Advocacy: http://www.pai-ca.org/pubs/401601.htm Lots of publications in several different languages that you can download. Publications include Special Education Rights and Responsibilities, Getting services for your child and more.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights : PACER : http://www.pacer.org Not only does this site contain information on Special Education, but it also has information concerning Juveniles with disabilities in the Justice system and employment strategies for youth and adults with disabilities.
Paula's Special Education Resources: http://www.conknet.com/~p_bliss/spedlinks.htm All kinds of information including learning differences, autism, behavior management, learning styles, advocacy and law, functional IEP's and more.
Teach-nology: http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/special_ed/iep Includes a checklist to use when developing an IEP, how to prepare for your IEP meeting, what makes a good IEP for your child and more.
72 point Checklist for developing an IEP: http://www.isn.net/~jypsy/72iep.htm A checklist of IEP related issues that the California Department of Education did recently for the schools. It is almost all federally related, and includes the relevant federal cites. It can be downloaded in PDF format
My son will be making the transition from middle school to high School this year. More emphasis will have to be placed on living skills and possibly learning a trade and also the issue of graduation will have to be addressed. One of the biggest hurdles I am facing right now is the High school exit exams which he must past in order to get a diploma. Not passing these tests mean a certificate of completion instead of a diploma. These means he will not qualify for any agency or employment requiring a diploma.
I hope you find these links helpful and informational and that you are successful in gaining the proper services for your child.
I will try to keep everyone posted on how things progress during James' next IEP.
DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP.......Limited to first 650 registrants!!!!
The 8th Annual National ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) conference entitled "Journeys 2002", will be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 2-5th, 2002. John Ratey MD and Ed Hallowell MD, nationally recognized experts in the field and authors of the best-selling book, "Driven to Distraction" will be the keynote speakers. It is limited to the first 650 registrants. For further details visit http://www.addaconference.comor To register call 1-866-NOW-ADDA (1-866-669-2332)
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