An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. It is a document that is created for a student once it is determined that a student is eligible for special education services. The IEP is a written document, which is created at least annually at an IEP Team Meeting that is to include the child’s parents. An IEP should outline a program that is individually designed to meet that child’s unique needs.

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that mandates the manner in which students with special education needs are to be evaluated, identified, and educated in a State if that State accepts the federal funding of the IDEA. All States accept that funding, and therefore are required to follow the IDEA. The IDEA details how local and State educational agencies are to provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. If a student has a disability and qualifies under Section 504, they receive a 504 Plan which outlines the accommodations the student requires in order to participate.

A Special Education Attorney is a lawyer who is experienced in and familiar with the complex IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and other related federal and state laws that govern the rights of children with disabilities.

A Special Education Advocate is a non-attorney professional who assists Parents of children with disabilities in understanding and accessing the special education system.

Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, Other health impairment. Your state might have other categories as well.

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