Key Information and Creative Questions for Families to Consider During COVID-19 Closures

A Brief Overview While schools are operating, districts are responsible to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students within their boundaries with known or suspected disabilities that significantly impact access to learning. Read on to learn more about FAPE and student rights. Federal and state requirements to ensure that children with qualifying disabilities Read More

Specialized Instructor of Military Parents

Specialized Instructors will be providing trainings for the Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP), a Program of PAVE. Specialized Instructors are responsible to facilitate STOMP’s live virtual workshops, one- and two-day in-seat workshops, and one-hour webinars on a variety of topics of concern to military families who have a loved one with disabilities. Training is Read More

IDEA: The Foundation of Special Education

A Brief Overview The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that entitles children to special education services if disability significantly impacts access to education and a specially designed program is needed. Key concepts are from the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, passed in 1975. The United States celebrated 45 years Read More

Child Find: Schools Have a Legal Duty to Evaluate Children Impacted by Disability

A Brief Overview School districts have an affirmative duty to locate, evaluate and potentially serve any infant, toddler or school-aged student impacted by disability under the Child Find Mandate — part of special education law. The duty to evaluate is based on a known or suspected disability that may significantly impact access to learning. Data from evaluation then determines eligibility. Read More