April 2019




Advocates, Individuals and Families

Special Education Toolkit

Special Education Toolkit

The Special Education Toolkit is a resource for parents to help navigate the special education system, resources and services.

This toolkit helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs.

It includes the following items:

Getting Started: An introduction to the Special Education process and how to advocate for your child.

From Pre-K to Graduation: Transitioning your student throughout his or her school career and preparing them for college or the workforce after graduation.

Understanding Federal Policy: An overview of federal disability and special needs policies, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

A Parent’s Dictionary: Key terms to know when getting started in special education.

Acronyms: An overview of acronyms used in special education and disability policies and programs.

Resources: A directory of tools and organizations that families can access for assistance.

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