The Rights of Parents and Children with Disabilities

Early identification of all children with disabilities, birth through 21

Evaluation to determine the nature and extent of the child's disability and the special education and related service needs, taking into account the child's participation in the general curriculum.

Participation in the development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and to have the meeting at a time and place convenient for both the parents and the school.

Measurable annual goals and benchmarks/objectives for each need that results from the disability.

Supplemental Services of: adapted physical education, driver education, behavior management training, self-help skills, teacher aides, oral testing and other services as needed.

Related aids and services including: counseling, occupational, physical, and speech therapy, transportation, large print books, assistive technology, evaluations, classroom aides/personnel and other services to enable the child to benefit from regular or special education.

Vocational education/transition from school to adult life.

Placement in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Equal participation in planning the child's educational program.

Confidentiality and the right to review and receive copies of the child's educational records.

Written notice before the school proposes or refuses to change the child's educational program and to have that notice in their native language. The opportunity to agree or disagree with the change. This includes actions such as suspension and expulsion.

Non-discrimination, including equal access to school facilities, programs, and services.

Free appropriate public education (FAPE) even when suspended or expelled.

Access to impartial due process hearing, mediation and other complaint procedures.

The right to participate in all meetings with respect to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of the child, and the provision of a free appropriate public education to such child.

The right to an independent education evaluation (IEE).

The right to have a copy of the procedural safeguards (parent rights) provided by the school, upon each notice of an IEP meeting, upon notification of reevaluation and upon filing of a complaint.

The student's placement will be maintained during due process hearings, i.e. the student has the right to be educated during the hearing process.

To be notified of the procedures related to students who are placed in the interim additional setting.

To be informed about your child's progress at least as often as parents of children who do not have disabilities.