How IDEA Protects You and Your Child

If you think your child needs special education services, you have to follow a legal process to make it happen. This process can be confusing. It can involve several laws. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the most important one to understand.
As the nation’s special education law, IDEA provides rights and protections to children with disabilities and to their parents. Learning your rights under IDEA can make it easier for your child to get the help he needs (and is legally entitled to) at school.
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6 Steps for Requesting a School Evaluation

If you think your child might have a learning or attention issue and decide to have him or her evaluated, you need to make a formal request to their school. Here are the steps to take from Understood.org when you’re making that request.
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Understanding Child Welfare and the Courts

Families involved with the child welfare system must often engage with the judicial system. This Administration for Children and Families factsheet is designed to demystify the legal process and inform families of their rights and responsibilities. It includes frequently asked questions about the different stages of court proceedings, how parents and family members can prepare for court hearings, and who and what to expect in the courtroom and throughout the process.

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