How to Advocate for Your Child in the School System
Most of the therapies and services your child receives will be accessed through the school system, so your relationship with your local school district is almost as important as your relationship with your child’s medical team.
Federal laws have set up the overarching special-education structure in the U.S., but tremendous variation exists from state to state, and school district to school district, on the individual services, agencies and even terminology you’ll find as you navigate the system. Our hope is that this guide will outline the basics, arming you with the critical information you need to serve as an advocate for your child.
This guide teaches you:
- Why you need to connect with your school system – even if your child is still an infant!
- What is covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- How to get the most out of your IEP
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