The Special Education system is often a stressful and confusing maze of laws, acronyms, and rights. How do you ensure that your child has the supports and services they need to be successful in their educational endeavors? Knowledge and understanding of the rights guaranteed under the Federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is key and the best weapon you can have in your advocacy tool kit.
One of the best resources is from Disability Rights California is a federally mandated, non-profit organization established to protect and advocate for the human, civil and service rights of Californians with developmental disabilities. Staffed by attorneys and advocates, they have the most comprehensive collection information related to California Special Education, including an online version of “Special Education Rights and Responsibilities”. Publications available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and many other languages. See the link below.