posted on March 1, 2006 - 9:37am
Parents heading into their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings at school this spring should keep in mind a few changes made in 2004 to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. IDEA is the federal law guaranteeing children with disabilities access to a public education. IDEA 2004 has added emphasis on preparing children for life after school, having high expectations...
posted on March 1, 2005 - 11:26am
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that governs special education for the nation’s 6.5 million students with disabilities was updated by Congress last year and will take effect in July.
posted on March 1, 2005 - 11:24am
When school and family are deadlocked over an IEP, the recently updated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires mediation be tried before calling a due process hearing. The IDEA is the law that governs special education. (See "A New IDEA.")
posted on March 1, 2005 - 11:20am
Miranda Jackson’s first signs of muscle weakness came in first grade. A bright youngster with an engaging smile, she struggled not only with lack of coordination from myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD), but also with pain from a form of juvenile arthritis and depression from bipolar disorder.
posted on March 1, 2005 - 10:59am
"I sometimes wonder if the kids in high school who called me names think of me now,” Gabrielle Ford wrote in “From Where I Sit: From a Cocoon to a Butterfly,” Quest, July-August 2004. “I wonder if they remember how they tripped me, knocked my books out of my hands, slammed my locker shut, threw spit wads at me, and hit and bruised my legs.”
posted on February 1, 2001 - 7:34pm
If you thought school was a challenge when you were a student, just wait until you see how difficult it can be to approach the school as a parent. And for the parents of children with disabilities, getting your child the best available education is — like everything else — quite a bit more complicated. You'll have to be your child's advocate to ensure that the local school is prepared to meet...

posted on January 1, 1997 - 7:37pm
Every child who receives special education through a public school has an IEP — Individualized Education Program (or Plan) — developed by the child's parents, teachers and other interested parties, such as counselors, therapists, doctors, and the child himself by junior high or so. Development of an IEP is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which affects all...
posted on June 1, 1996 - 1:28pm
Federal laws guarantee children with neuromuscular diseases an inclusive education in the public schools. Parents need to understand their rights and how the system works, so they can get the best program for their children. Special education refers to the instruction and related services provided to students with disabilities, including those with physical disabilities. For many years,...