- At no cost to parents; the school district pays for the child’s schooling
- Includes all students, no matter their disability
- Available for students no matter where they live
- Available through the local public school
- Not usually available if the student goes to a private school
- Available regardless of whether the child is failing or is advancing from grade to grade
- Students can receive help in classes like reading, writing, and math - any subjects available to nondisabled students.
- Includes help with social skills or behavior intervention plans that the child needs to be able to learn in school.
- Provides services like speech, physical therapy, or counseling. (These are called "related services.”)
Regulations Governing the Education of Children with Disabilities - Rhode Island Board of Education ( 796 KB)
Rhode Island's regulations to ensure that children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (DOE)
A large resource library related to children with disabilities. Parent Centers in every state provide training to parents of children with disabilities. Lists local conferences, support groups, advocacy tips, and suggestions for finding schools and other local services; Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
IDEA Parent Guide (National Center for Learning Disabilities) ( 1.1 MB)
A comprehensive guide for parents on rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). Helps parents determine if their child might be eligible for services, what kind of services to expect, how to request an evaluation, how to develop a plan for services, and what their legal rights are.
Transition Handbook: From 'No' Where to 'Know' Where ( 1.1 MB)
This handbook, from the Utah Parent Center, is designed for parents of children with disabilities to help them be active participants in developing transition goals and activities as their children transition to adulthood and includes information about steps to transition, graduation, laws, roles of players, transition planning, employment, training, independent living, timelines, advocacy, SSI, health care, guardianship, estate planning, and a directory of related Utah organizations.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Provides information about transition during high school and to opportunities after high school including jobs, vocational education, and college. Provides links to contacts in each state for 1) State Transition Contact, 2) Regional Resource Center Contact, 3) State Director of Special Education, 4) Part B Contact, and 5) State Director or Vocational Rehabilitation.
School Contacts (Utah) ( 75 KB)
A sample page for recording school contact information such as the school nurse, administrators, etc., from a sample care notebook.
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