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10 Basic Steps in Special Education

November 3, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

Children can have all sorts of difficulties growing up. Sometimes problems are obvious right from the start; and sometimes they don’t appear until a child is in school. Some children have trouble learning to read or write. Others have a hard time remembering new information. Still others may have trouble with their behavior. For some children, growing up can be very hard to do!

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is calledspecial education and related services.

There’s a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services.

This brief overview is an excellent place to start. Here, we’ve distilled the process into 10 basic steps. Once you have the big picture of the process, it’s easier to understand the many details under each step.  Read the rest of this entry →

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OSEP has Spoken Again: No More Summertime Blues

June 6, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the United States is on fire. Earlier this week I found out OSEP sent a memorandum to the State of New Jersey regarding Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) and when a parent has the right to request an IEE. Now OSEP has weighed in on timely evaluations and stated that initial evaluations cannot be delayed due to summer vacations. The letter to Reyes can be found below. Read the rest of this entry →

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