This presentation provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities as parents of children with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the New Jersey Code, and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Parents can learn to identify dreams and goals for their children, understand laws, and learn advocacy strategies that will help them help their children reach those goals. Parents of classified children and children who are having difficulty in school, but may not be classified, will benefit from this training.

Workshop Presentation

Basic Rights in Special Education (PDF)


Education-Related Acronyms  |  Listing of education related acronyms

Classification Chart  |  Chart shows the 13 Special Education classifications in NJ

Glossary of Terms  |  Glossary of terms related to general and special education


Independent Evaluation Guidance Letter  |  NJ Department of Education letter: “Guidance with Respect to Federal Regulations Implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 – Independent Evaluations”

Positive Student Profile  |  Document assists in the development of the IEP and/or provides teachers with important information and to identify a student’s strengths and needs. (Also available in Korean and Hindi.)

Special Education Delivery Cycle  |  Flowchart of the Special Education process (Korean)

Sample Letter Requesting Evaluation  |  Sample letter that parents/caregivers can use for requesting an evaluation for special education services

Sample Letter Requesting Independent Evaluation  |  Sample letter parents can use to request an independent evaluation

New Jersey Special Education Advocacy Guide  |  The NJ Special Education Guide developed by Disability Rights NJ

The Right To…  |  Document outlining parental rights with regard to meetings, program access, extra-curricular activities, access to records, dispute resolution and more

Access to Extracurricular Activities for Students with Disabilities  |  Guidance document from the US Department of Education regarding equal access to extra-curricular activities for students with disabilities

Who’s Who In Your Child’s Life  |  Helps parents keep track of who’s who in their child(ren)’s life and a classroom checklist for school visits

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