What do you understand about law now that you didn’t before?

I now understand that each act has a different purpose. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law for schools that provides services to children with disabilities. This provides accommodations, special education services, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and free and appropriate education. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a law that protects people with disabilities. This act allows legal rights and freedom from discrimination. The Section 504 is a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. This law allows students to receive 504 plans, free education, and legal rights for those with disabilities.

There are some core principles of IDEA, which include zero reject, nondiscriminatory evaluation, individualized and appropriate education, least restrictive environment, procedural due process, and parent participation. Zero reject means that all students with disabilities have the right to receive free and appropriate education. Nondiscriminatory evaluation is assessment of students that have or are expected to have a disability. Individualized and appropriate education is students must receive an individualized service to benefit their education. Least restrictive environment is students with disabilities should be educated in a setting with students that do not have disabilities. Procedural due process is when schools are parents hold each other mutually accountable. Parent participation is when parents and students with disabilities are partners with the educators when making decisions about the student’s education.

Why do you think laws might be important to support students with disabilities?  

It is really important for laws to be made about students with disabilities. Every student should have the right to an appropriate education, even if the child has a disability. Having these laws in place protects students and ensures they are getting the education they deserve. Also, some students may not have the money to help with their specific disability. These laws guarantee that students will receive things that they need to be successful in the classroom.

What questions or points of confusion do you still have (I will read these before class and answer ALL your questions)?

What should I do if I see another professional not following the laws about special education?

What should I do if parents do not what to have their child tested for special education?

What should I do if a parent disagrees with the results from the special education test?

How do you move a child off of an IEP or 504?


How do you move a child off of an IEP or 504?