Resources

Education Laws

Since the 1960s, there has been a virtual avalanche of federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. Use the links below to explore several of the most influential laws:

IDEA | Sobre la Ley IDEA
ESSA (replaces NCLB)
Section 504 | Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973
The ADA | ADA: El Acta para los Norteamericanos con Discapacidades

Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3)

Early intervention is an effective way to help very young children (birth to the third birthday) catch up or address specific developmental concerns as soon as possible in their lives. Early intervention services are authorized under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To learn more about these vital services, explore the topics in our resources for Babies & Toddlers (Ages 0-3):

Overview of Early Intervention
Key Terms to Know in Early Intervention
Parent Notification and Consent in Early Intervention
Writing the IFSP for Your Child
Developmental MilestonesHitos del Desarrollo y Crecimiento
Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

In Spanish | En español – Ayuda para los Bebés Hasta Su Tercer Cumpleaños

Children & Young Adults (3 to 26 years)

The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. IDEA sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs. To learn more about these vital services, explore the topics in our resources for Children & Young Adults (3 to 26 Years):

10 Basic Steps in Special Education
Key Terms to Know in Special Education
Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education
Parental Rights under IDEA
Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities
Evaluating Children for Disability
All About the IEP
Placement Issues
Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students
Addressing Behavior Issues
Transition to Adulthood
Resolving Disputes Between Parents and Schools

More Resources:

Evaluations

Scheduling the IEP Meeting and Notifying Parents
The Right to DisagreeDerecho de No Estar de Acuerdo
El Proceso de Determinar la Elegibilidad del Niño
Requesting an Independent Evaluation for Your Child | Cómo Solicitar una Evaluación Independiente de Su Niño
Right to Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation  | Derecho de Obtener una Evaluación Educativa Independiente
Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards Derecho a Recibir una Explicación Completa Sobre Todas las Garantías Procesales

IEPs

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview | El Equipo y el Contenido del IEP
Developing Your Child’s IEP
The IEP TeamMás Sobre el Equipo del IEP
When the IEP Team MeetsReuniones para Desarrollar el IEP
Contents of the IEPSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Present LevelsSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Annual GoalsSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Benchmarks or Short-Term Objectives
Measuring & Reporting ProgressSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Special EducationSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Related Services Servicios Relacionados
Supplementary Aids and ServicesSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Extent of NonparticipationSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Service DeliverySobre Cada Componente del IEP
Transition PlanningSobre Cada Componente del IEP
Age of Majority Sobre Cada Componente del IEP
Special Factors in IEP Development
Parental Rights under IDEADerechos de los Padres bajo IDEA
Revisando el IEP
Parental Right to Participate in MeetingsDerecho de los Padres de Participar en Reuniones
Requesting a Meeting to Review Your Child’s IEP  | Cómo Solicitar una Reunión para Revisar el IEP de su Niño

Placement, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & Discipline

PlacementDeterminando la Ubicación del Niño
LRE in Placement DecisionsLa Definición de Ambiente Menos Restrictivo
School Inclusion Resources
Placement and School Discipline
Discipline, in Detail
General Authority of School Personnel
School Authority in Special Circumstances
Manifestation Determination
Are Services Provided During Disciplinary Removals?
Appeals and Expedited Due Process
Child’s Placement During the Appeal Process
What is Basis of Knowledge?
Reporting Crimes
Discipline: A Case Study

Behavior

Behavior Expertise
Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports
Behavior at Home
Behavior at School
Bullying

Transition

How Can Parents Help with Transition?
Preparing Your Child for Life
Navigating Admissions to Colleges with Learning Disabilities
Employment Connections
Myth-Busting: Hiring Workers with Disabilities

Dispute Resolution, Complaints, Mediation, Due Process

Five Options for Dispute ResolutionCómo Resolver Disputas Entre Familias y Escuelas
Informal Approaches to Resolving Disputes
Filing a State ComplaintQueja Estatal
State Complaint, in Detail
Mediation La Mediación
Mediation in Detail
Due Process ComplaintsQueja de Proceso Debido
The Resolution ProcessEl Proceso de Resolución
Due Process HearingsAudiencia de Proceso Legal Debido
The Due Process Hearing, in DetailApelación y Acción Civil

Fact Sheets

We’ve put together a collection fo fact sheets on a variety of topics to help you along on your way to becoming an advocate for your child.  Topics include: accommodations, disabilities, advocacy, ARD process, assistive technology, and much more.  Visit the Fact Sheets page to view the full collection.

Online Courses

We are always looking for new ways to help parents and caregivers on their way to becoming advocates for their children. We believe the best way to meet this goal is to empower parents and caregivers through education. With this in mind, we hope the self-guided online courses will become a valuable resource on your way to advocacy.  Our online courses are available at http://learn-online.prntexas.org/

Healthy Families Resources

Spanish Resources

ADA: El Acta para los Norteamericanos con Discapacidades
Apelación y Acción Civil
Ayuda para Niños con Discapacidades (3-26)
Audiencia de Proceso Legal Debido
Ayuda para los Bebés Hasta Su Tercer Cumpleaños
Categorías de Discapacidad bajo IDEA
Cómo Resolver Disputas Entre Familias y Escuelas
Cómo Solicitar una Evaluación Independiente de Su Niño
Cómo Solicitar una Reunión para Revisar el IEP de su Niño
Derecho a Recibir una Explicación Completa Sobre Todas las Garantías Procesales
Derecho a Recibir una Notificación Previa por Escrito
Derecho de No Estar de Acuerdo
Derecho de Obtener una Evaluación Educativa Independiente
Derecho de los Padres de Participar en Reuniones
Determinando la Ubicación del Niño
Discapacidades Específicas del Aprendizaje (LD)
Discapacidades Intelectuales
El Espectro del Autismo
El Equipo y el Contenido del IEP
El Proceso de Determinar la Elegibilidad del Niño
El Proceso de Resolución
Impedimentos Visuales
La Evaluación Gratuita de Niños
La Mediación
Lesión Cerebral Traumática
Más Sobre el Equipo del IEP
Otro Impedimento de la Salud
Preguntas Comunes de los Padres sobre la Educación Especial
Queja de Proceso Debido
Queja Estatal

Reuniones para Desarrollar el IEP
Revisando el IEP
Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973
Servicios Relacionados
Sobre el Proceso de Educación Especial
Sobre la Ley IDEA
Sordera y la Pérdida de la Capacidad Auditiva
Trastornos Emocionales
Trastornos del Habla y Lenguaje
Trastorno por Déficit de Atención /Hiperactividad (ADHD)

Special Education in Texas

Need help understanding the special education process in Texas? Check out these important resources to learn more: