Basics About Your Child’S Rights

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 …

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…

Can the School Give my Child With an IEP “Unofficial” Suspensions?

Students with IEPs and 504 plans have special school discipline protections. But what if a suspensio…

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What You Need to Know

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the main federal law for K-12 public education. It holds sc…

Who Ensures Schools Follow Special Education Law?

When your child has an IEP, who makes sure the school is following it? Who's in charge of making sur…

School Vouchers: What You Need to Know

School vouchers can impact a child's special education services and legal rights under IDEA. Get a s…

Dyslexia Laws: What They Are and How They Work

Some states have passed laws to make sure kids with dyslexia are identified and get the services the…

Special Education: Federal Law vs. State Law

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act defines special education law but leaves some room f…

10 Key Procedural Safeguards in IDEA

Procedural safeguards are legal protections under IDEA for parents and their child with a disability…

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): What You Need to Know

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? IDEA is a federal law that lays out …

The Difference Between the Every Student Succeeds Act and No Child Left Behind

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This chart shows key dif…

Are Kids With ADHD Covered Under IDEA?

Does IDEA cover children with ADHD? Find out when this special education law covers students with at…

Using the Terms “Dyslexia,” “Dyscalculia” and “Dysgraphia” in IEPs and Evaluations

Read news about using the terms "dyslexia," "dyscalculia" and "dysgraphia" in IEPs. Get tips on how …

ADA: Protecting Your Child’s Civil Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination at s…

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…

Your Child’s Rights: Important Terms to Know

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

Informed Consent in the Special Education Process: What You Need to Know

Get a definition of informed consent in the evaluation and special education process. Find out when …

FERPA: Protecting Your Child’s Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents protection…

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…

“Stay Put” Rights: What They Are and How They Work

When you disagree with a decision the school makes, you can use your “stay put” right to make sure y…

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…

Prior Written Notice: Your Right to Hear About Changes to Your Child’s IEP

If the school approves, denies or proposes changes in your child's IEP, it must explain in writing. …

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…

No Child Left Behind (NCLB): What You Need to Know

No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was in effect from 2002–2015. It was a version of ESEA and was repla…

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…

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…

Are Employers Required to Provide Accommodations?

Is there a law that guarantees accommodations for learning disabilities in the workplace? Learn abou…

The Difference Between Special Education Advocates and Attorneys

What's the difference between a special education advocate and an attorney? Use this chart to find o…

Education Terms You May Hear From Lawyers

Understanding special education legal terminology can make navigating the process easier. This list …

What to Include in a State Complaint

A state complaint is a formal way to resolve a dispute with your school about your child's special e…

The 13 Disability Categories Under IDEA

See a list of the 13 IDEA disability categories. Find out which disabilities can qualify kids for sp…

Can the School Make Changes to My Child’s 504 Plan Without Telling Me?

Find out what to do if the school changes your child's 504 plan without telling you. Get expert tips…

Bullying Laws: Your Child’s Rights at School

What laws protect children from bullying in schools? Read about state anti-bullying laws, along with…

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: What You Need to Know

What is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973? Learn about the purpose of Section 504 and ho…