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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

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Lending Library - Books (3)

Lending Library - DVDs (3)

Handouts (17)

Online Resources (5)

Books

Identify, Locate and Evaluate: Child Find Under the IDEA and Section 504
by John W. Norlin
This pamphlet details the significant changes made by the new law and examines districts' legal obligations to identify, locate and evaluate children with disabilities or children suspected to have disabilities. You learn the necessary steps you must take to ensure your district complies with the IDEA and Section 504 - and to avoid the costly pitfalls that can result when a child does not receive needed special education services.

Meeting District Obligations to Private School Students Under IDEA 2004
by Thomas N. Shorter
This booklet focuses on the changes brought about by the new IDEA and provides an in-depth legal analysis of school districts' obligations to serve children with disabilities who are placed in private schools, whether unilaterally by their parents or by the district itself. You also get comprehensive coverage of the types of private school placement, in addition to the general requirements and state standards mandated under the new IDEA.

The Answer Book on Special Education Practice and Procedure
Steven E. Lake
School districts failure to comply with the IDEA and the rigid timelines and procedures could lead to due process complaints or denial of FAPE. The Answer Book distills all of the IDEA complicated procedural requirements into easy-access Question & Answer format to guide you through making compliant decisions.

DVDs

A New IDEA For Special Education: Understanding the System and the New Law

This insightful program will help both parents and educators better understand the recent changes to the law governing the Special Education System. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004). The Bush Administration reauthorized IDEA in the Fall of 2004. The changes to this law affect everyone both regular and special educators and most importantly the students. In this program experts in education as well as experienced parents explain the law and the recent changes while guiding the viewer through the special education system.

Procedural Safeguards: An A to Z Guide to Complying with the Law
40 minutes
Everyone involved in the special education process would like to see it become less legalistic while preserving parents; and children's rights. IDEA 2004 makes significant changes to the child find, eligibility, discipline and IEP processes. In addition, the new law establishes new rules for requesting due process hearings and gives parents the right to refuse special education and related services.

Understanding The Requirements of the Law
45 minutes
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 makes important changes to the existing law. IDEA 2004 changes the discipline rules for special education students, makes significant changes to the development and content of IEPs, redefines child find and eligibility determinations, authorizes recovery of attorney's fees for prevailing school districts, adopts many of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, and - arguably - alters the FAPE standard.

Handouts

A Parent Primer on Special Education Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions
Pathfinder Services of ND
As you participate in the special education process, you will also encounter an unfamiliar language. The language is often referred to as “acronyms.” It may seem like a foreign language, but it is really just a language of initials. These initials are explained and defined in this booklet. (English)
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Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing
CPIR
Throughout your child’s school years, there is always a need to communicate with the school’s teachers, administrators, and others concerned with your child’s education. Letters (including emails) provide both you and the school with a record of ideas, concerns, and suggestions. This Parent’s Guide will help you in writing to the professionals involved in your child’s special education. (English)
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Comunicándose con la Escuela a Través de Cartas
NICHCY
A lo largo de los años escolares de su hijo, siempre hay una necesidad de comunicarse con los maestros de la escuela, administradores y otros involucrados con la educación de su hijo. Las cartas (incluyendo correos electrónicos) le proporcionan a usted ya la escuela un registro de ideas, preocupaciones y sugerencias. La Guía de Padres le ayudará por escrito a los profesionales involucrados en la educación especial de su hijo. (Throughout your child’s school years, there is always a need to communicate with the school’s teachers, administrators, and others concerned with your child’s education. Letters (including emails) provide both you and the school with a record of ideas, concerns, and suggestions. This Parent’s Guide will help you in writing to the professionals involved in your child’s special education.) (Spanish)
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Derechos de los padres de estudiantes de la escuela pública que reciben servicios de educación espec
NDDPI
Los niños/as con discapacidades y sus padres verdaderamente están asegurados por los derechos educacionales, conocidos como los procedimientos de seguridad, desde los 3 años de edad hasta los 21. (Children with disabilities and their parents are guaranteed certain educational rights, known as procedural safeguards, from ages 3 through 21. This document helps parents or guardians of these children make appropriate educational decisions on their behalf.) (Spanish)
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Engaging Parents In Productive Partnerships
CADRE
Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships is an easy-to-read presentation of suggestions on how educators and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents including specific recommendations for IEP meetings. (English)
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Home Education and Children with Disabilities
NDDPI
The purpose of this informational paper is to provide clarification of the issues surrounding students with disabilities whose parents choose to educate them through home education. All references to North Dakota statutes in this document are made to North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) effective August, 2016. References to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are to the most recent reauthorization of the Act, which was enacted by Congress in 2004. (English)
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Parent Guide to Special Education
NDDPI
The ND Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) has written this guide for parents to answer questions you may have as you begin to take part in the special education process in North Dakota. It was prepared to help parents have a solid understanding about how the special education process works in the schools of our state. It was also written so that parents can have an additional source of information about their procedural safeguards, sometimes referred to as parent rights. (English)
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Parent to Parent Support
CPIR
Parent to Parent is a program that provides information and one-to-one emotional support to parents of children who have special needs. (English)
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Participacion de los Padres en Asociaciones Productivas
CADRE
Involucrar a los Padres en Asociaciones Productivas es una presentación fácil de leer de sugerencias sobre cómo los educadores y proveedores de servicios pueden colaborar efectivamente con los padres incluyendo recomendaciones específicas para las reuniones del IEP. (Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships is an easy-to-read presentation of suggestions on how educators and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents including specific recommendations for IEP meetings.) (Spanish)
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Practicas Escolares Basades en Evidencia: Una Guia para los Padres
Pacer
Una forma de ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito es saber si la escuela está usando prácticas efectivas de enseñanza e intervención. Pero, ¿cómo pueden las escuelas y los padres saber si una práctica es efectiva? Un método es ver si hay alguna investigación o "evidencia" que pruebe que la práctica funciona. Este folleto explica el significado de "prácticas basadas en la evidencia" y por qué son importantes. (English)
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Q & A on IDEA 2004: Purposes and Key Definitions
CPIR
What is special education? What are related services? Who’s considered a “child with a disability?” This Q&A is designed to answer these questions—looking in detail at the mandates and requirements of our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004. (English)
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Questions and Answers About IDEA: Parent Participation
CPIR
How does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That is the focus of this Q&A—the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. (English)
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Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education Services
CPIR
Read this publication if you want to know: How to have your child evaluated (at no cost to you) to see why he or she is having difficulty in school; what the evaluation process involves and how you can contribute to it; how special education can support your child’s learning, if he or she is found eligible for services; how your child’s eligibility is determined and your right to participate in making that decision; and what happens next, if your child is found eligible. (English)
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Special Education Process Pocket Guide
Pathfinder Services of ND
This handy folded guide easily fits into a pocket, folder, or purse. It contains quick tips and information on the special education process in North Dakota, including important terms and acronyms. The inside details the ten steps of the special education process. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #210

The Unplanned Journey - When You Learn That Your Child Has a Disability
CPIR
The birth of a child with a disability, or the discovery that a child has a disability, can have profound effects on the family. This article will provide additional information to support the life cycle, health, and well-being of the family when a member has a disability. (English)
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You Are Not Alone - For Parents When They Learn That Their Child Has a Disability
CPIR
If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it. (English)
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Your Guide to Special Education & Your Child
Channing Bete
This guide can help you make a difference in your child's education. Special education laws are complex. But with the help of this guide, you'll understand each law and how it may affect your child. You'll learn who is eligible for services and how children are tested, too. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #139

Online Resources

IDEAs That Work
Website

This website is designed to provide easy access to information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of IDEA and ESSA.

OSEP English to Spanish Translation Glossary
Website

This 2nd Edition of the OSEP Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms includes over 400 terms related to IDEA Parts B and C.  These terms were selected by experienced translators from parent centers who worked with families with children with disabilities representing the majority of Spanish speaking cultures in Latin America and Spain.

Section 504,IDEA & ADA: Federal Requirements in Education
Article

In order to support the ability of students with disabilities to learn in school, there are three federal laws that apply: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This powerpoint presentation from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction compares these three laws to help you understand the differences, as well as the relationship between the laws.

The Top 10 Basics of the Special Education Process
Webinar

Are you are a parent or an educator new to the special education process implemented in ND schools? This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the basic steps in the special education process from referral to IEP review.

U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website
Website

U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and their grantees. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, service provider, or grantee, this site is anyone who cares about children with disabilities and their families and wants to find information and explore resources on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

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