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for parents:

Info on the IEP/Individual Education Plan and the 504 Plan

504 vs. IEP Basic Similarities and Differences?

Comparison of ADA, IDEA (law for IEP) and Section 504

Eligibility Flow Chart for an IEP or 504 – http://fcsn.org/pti/topics/iep/tools/eligibility_flow_chart.pdf

IEP Process Guide from the DESE

Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/iep_guide.pdf

What happens if my child is found ineligible?www.concordspedpac.org/WhatIEP.htm#NoIEP

Common Core Standardswww.doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/

Expanded Core Curriculum – http://www.afb.org/info/programs-and-services/professional-development/teachers/expanded-core-curriculum/the-expanded-core-curriculum/12345

Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Parents’ Rights Brochure) in English and Translated Versions

IEP checklist

Translated IEP Forms and Notices

8 Steps to a better IEP meeting

Is a Child with ADD/ADHD [or Other Health Impairment & Learning Disabilities] Eligible for Special Education?

Evidence-Based Decision Making http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ Individuals with Disability Education Act supports evidenced based decision making and enlists the IES website as the “clearinghouse” for evidence based programs/services. 

Question and Answer Guide on Special Education Extended School Year Programs

Framingham Extended School Year Programs

Observation of Education Programs by Parents and Their Designees for Evaluation Purposes www.doe.mass.edu/sped/advisories/09_2.html   www.wrightslaw.com/info/priv.confid.observe.htm    www.wrightslaw.com/info/ferpa.osep.observe.htm  www.spedwatch.org/files/Pick_Childs_Teacher.pdf 

Frequently Asked Question from Mass Advocates for Children – The following are some of the most frequent questions we receive from parents. The answers are meant to provide a brief guide to your rights. However, each child and set of facts is unique. If you have a question about your son or daughter, please call our Helpline.

Sample Letters – The following sample letters may be used to request records, evaluations, copies of evaluations, and independent evaluations:

Laws and Regulations – If you would like to learn more about the laws and regulations governing special education rights for children, please refer to the links below:

Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools

response to intervention – RTI

National Center on Response to Intervention www.rti4success.org

Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents and Practitioners – www.wrightslaw.com/idea/art/rti.hale.htm

What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004 Response to Intervention (RTI): New Ways to Identify Specific Learning Disabilities – www.wrightslaw.com/info/rti.index.htm  has link to other helpful articles about RTI

about raising a child with special needs and some guidance

Build Social Skills and Friendships

Ten Ways a Special Needs Child Will Change You Forever – www.families.com/blog/ten-ways-a-special-needs-child-will-change-you-forever 

Falling in Love with Your Real Child – www.families.com/blog/falling-in-love-with-your-real-child

Five Ways to Empower Your Special Needs Child – www.families.com/blog/four-ways-to-empower-your-son-or-daughter-with-a-disability

10 Tips for a Successful School Year – www.wrightslaw.com/howey/10tips.sch.yr.htm

Getting Past Learned Helplessness for Children Who Face Severe Challenges: Four Secrets for Success by Linda J. Burkhart – www.lburkhart.com/learned_helplessness.pdf

Articles about Dyslexia – www.dyslexia-ma.org/resources.html

Children’s Mental Health Guide from the Boston Bar Association and Children’s Hospital – www.bostonbar.org/membership/publications/news-release?ID=122

Practical Tools to Help Your Child Build Social Skills and Develop Lasting Friendships – Build Social Skills and Friendships

activities and strategies for helping your child

10 Ways to Think Therapeutically About Toys

Make Your Own Therapy Tools and Toys – http://specialchildren.about.com/od/therapies/a/therapydiy.htm

Tar Heel Reader http://tarheelreader.org – a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format.

Free Online Program for Communication that can be downloaded onto your computer and used with a mouse, a touch screen or a switch – www.starfall.com

apps for children with special needswww.a4cwsn.comA4cwsn is dedicated to serving children with special needs and the associated communities who work with them. We believe that emerging technology can empower children to develop important quality-of-life skills. We strive to help consumers make informed decisions on which APPS would be the most effective teaching and learning tools for each individual child.

for teachers:

parent – teacher communication

5 Important Questions when Creating Parent – Teacher Logbooks –www.lovaas.com/meetingpoint-2008-08-article-02.php

Fighting the Good Fight: How to Advocate for Your Students Without Losing Your Job – www.ldonline.org/article/22720

Collaborating with Parents – www.lovaas.com/meetingpoint-2007-09-article-01.php

for your classroom

Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in MCAS Including Test Accommodations and Alternate Assessment

FormSwift – a project dedicated to creating personal and legal templates that are customizable, easy to use, and highly professional.  Link to fillable Common Core-aligned lesson plan templates, which we have made completely free. You can give them a try at http://formswift.com/common-core-lesson-plans

Kids Quest– Ideas to help students understand different disabilities with ideas on questions to ask and activities to have in the classroom

5 Common Mistakes Made by a School Aide

Behavior Plans in School Settings

Facilitating Peer Interactions at School

VSA Arts of Massachusetts – inclusion through the arts – ideas and resources for your classroom – 617-350-7713, TTY: 617-350-6836

Articles about Dyslexia – www.dyslexia-ma.org/resources.html

SpeakingofSpeech.comHas an IEP Goal bank with ideas for SLP goals, resources, lessons.

activities and strategies for helping your children (see above for resources and articles)

NOTE:  F-SEPAC is providing the information above for educational purposes as a public service.  The lists of information above and the participants to the Expo are not F-SEPAC endorsements.

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