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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocate

10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Education for Children with Disabilities

Parent attorney Wayne Steedman explains how IDEA 2004 creates a higher standard for a free, appropriate public education and how parents can use NCLB to obtain a better IEP for their children. Learn how to include research based methodology in the IEP and how to ensure that IEP goals are comprehensive, specific — and measurable. Wayne offers advice about pitfalls and how you can resolve disputes without resorting to a due process hearing – and what you should do if you are unable to resolve your dispute.

Drafting Due Process Claims/State Complaints

55 minute MP4 video about writing due process request letters and state complaints. It is available for Immediate Download. The principles in the video relate to all letters. Click HERE for the description about the new item.

Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP

Until the Present Levels in your child’s IEP are up to date, you will never be able to get the program, placement, or education your child needs. Indiana Advocate Pat Howey explains why parent input is so important during the IEP Team’s assessment of your child’s present levels of performance.

IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems

IDEA 2004 and the special education regulations include specific requirements for IEPs of children whose behavior impedes their learning or the learning of other children, including training teachers to use positive behavioral interventions and strategies.


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