Your Child's Rights

5 Special Education VIPs (Very Important Passages)

Here are five key passages from special education law and what they mean—in easy-to-read terms. Find…

Child Find: What It Is and How It Works

School districts are legally obligated to find all children who have disabilities and who need speci…

IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA: Which Laws Do What

Three federal laws protect the rights of people with disabilities: IDEA, Section 504, and ADA. But …

What Is and Isn’t Covered Under FAPE

Find out what FAPE requires schools to do (and what it doesn't require schools to do) for kids who q…

11 Tips on Informal Negotiation Strategies

You can use informal negotiations with your school to get services for your child. Try these 11 tips…

Can I Refuse to Let the School Evaluate My Child?

Can the school evaluate kids for special education without parental consent? Find out whether you ca…

School Discipline: The Rights of Kids Without an IEP or 504 Plan

Even without an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan, your child still has some rights…

Are Private Schools Required to Evaluate for Special Education?

Are private schools required to evaluate for special education? An expert explains the evaluation pr…

School Discipline: The Rights of Students With IEPs and 504 Plans

If the school wants to suspend, expel or otherwise discipline a child with an IEP or 504 plan, it ha…

Download: FAPE at a Glance

FAPE stands for free and appropriate public education. Students with disabilities have a legal right…

Evaluating Kids Who Attend Private Schools: Who Pays the Bill

If your child attends private school, you still have the right to ask the public school for an evalu…

10 Common Myths About Your Child’s Rights

Special education law can make it hard to understand the legal rights of kids with learning disabili…

How to Convince Your Child’s School Not to Reduce Services

How can you negotiate with a school when it reduces your child's special education services? Here's …

10 Steps to Take If Your Child Is Denied Services

Read about the steps to take if your child is denied special education services. Understand the eval…

10 Smart Responses for When the School Cuts or Denies Services

Schools might cite various reasons to reduce or deny special education services for your child. Here…

Download: Sample Letters for Dispute Resolution

Download free templates of dispute resolution sample letters you can use to communicate with the sch…

Download: Sample Scripts for Dispute Resolution

Download these sample scripts on what to say during IEP and 504 plan disputes and negotiation. Learn…

Where to Find Legal Help

Knowing where to find legal help is vital to protecting your child's rights. Here is a selected list…

P&A Centers: A Source of Legal Help

Protection and Advocacy Centers advocate for people with disabilities. They can provide legal help t…

What to Do If Your Child Is Losing IEP Services

Read about what to do if your child is losing special education services. Learn about your child's "…

6 Options for Resolving an IEP Dispute

What options do you have for resolving a dispute with a school about an Individualized Education Pro…

Your Child’s Rights: Important Terms to Know

Special education legal terminology may seem like a foreign language. Learn these terms and acronyms…

When Your Child With an IEP Turns 18: Your Parental Rights

In most states, a person is considered an adult at age 18. Here's how that affects parental rights w…