Education

Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Procedural Safeguards Notice

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities and their parents have certain legal protections and rights. Those protections and rights must be communicated to families at least once a year in a document called a procedural safeguards notice. The procedural safeguards notice must go over the following rights and processes (which we will describe in more detail in later blog […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Evaluations/Meetings

In order for a child to qualify for and receive special education services at school, the child must be evaluated. An evaluation is how a school decides whether or not a child is eligible for special education, and is also the way the school understands a child’s needs and decides how to address them. If you suspect your child has a disability that is […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day, Every Day in August

Summer has flown by, and back-to-school time is here! As this new school year begins, it’s important that students with disabilities and their families understand the special education system and are aware of their right to a free and appropriate public education. The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) will be sharing one special education tip each day in the month of August on our news page and via social media outlets. These posts will cover […]
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ACDL Announces Back-to-School Special Education Coaching Sessions

The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) provides special education legal advocacy and resources to hundreds of Arizonans each year. In an effort to reach students with disabilities and their families before the start of the new school year, ACDL will be offering a limited number of over-the-phone “coaching” sessions to callers who have questions about special education. This new initiative provides an opportunity […]
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Special Education for Students in Correctional Facilities: Who Is Responsible?

Special Education for Students in Correctional Facilities: Who Is Responsible?  By Amanda Glass*, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow   This is the final blog post in our three-part series on special education for youth in correctional facilities. In our first post, we provided an overview of the right of students with disabilities to receive special education in correctional facilities. In our second post, we […]
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Special Education for Students in Detention Centers, Prisons and Jails: Dispute Resolution

By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow * Although the federal laws and regulations governing special education encourage parents and public education agencies to work collaboratively in the best interests of children, disputes sometimes arise. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations require states to develop specific methods for resolving special education disputes, including mediation, due process complaints, and […]
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ACDL Encourages ADE to Provide Better Guidance to Students with Disabilities Concerning Graduation

The month of May is a time of celebration for many high school graduates and their families.  However, some students with disabilities face struggles related to graduation.  Recently, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) submitted written position statements encouraging the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to finalize and issue desperately-needed guidance to Arizona school districts to ensure they comply with the federally-protected rights […]
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Special Education for Students in Detention Centers, Prisons and Jails: IDEA Rights and Protections

Part 1 of a 3-Part Blog By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow* In 2016, of the approximately 120,000 students receiving special education services in Arizona, 240 were receiving services in correctional facilities, such as detention centers, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, and prisons. These settings are called “secure care facilities.” The fact that a student with a disability has been charged with a […]
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Is it Time to Think About High School Graduation?

It is never too soon to check in with your school district about proposed graduation plans for your son or daughter, if they are in special education and at least 16 years old. Some parents report that public school districts and charter schools act to graduate students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) once they have completed their minimum required credit hours for graduation, […]
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Jean Fairfax, Civil Rights Pioneer

ACDL celebrates the life and work of Jean Fairfax, an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement.  Ms. Fairfax committed her life to civil rights and social justice. She was a force for over 40 years from organizing black families in school desegregation cases in rural communities and led the effort to reform the National School Lunch program. Her work with both the NAACP Legal […]
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