The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 requires specific procedural safeguards that school districts must follow to protect the rights of students and families. The procedural safeguards are provided to parents multiple times during the special education process. You can download a copy of this document by clicking on one of the links below:
Parental Rights for Ages 3-21 (Part B)
Provides an overview of parental rights for parents of children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Parental Rights for Ages Birth-2 (Part C)
Provides an overview of parental rights for parents of children with disabilities from birth through age 2 under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Acronyms used in Special Education
There are numerous acronyms used in special education. Click HERE to access a glossary of commonly used acronyms.
The Arc Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization whose mission is promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Help Me Grow
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow initiative provides information and resources that will help parents, professionals, and community members identify children who may be experiencing delays in their development. Help me Grow provides information that will equip those who interact with young children (birth to kindergarten) to better monitor each child’s development. When developmental concerns arise, individuals are encouraged to make a referral online here or by calling 1-866-693-GROW (4769). Eligible children and their families receive high quality infant/toddler intervention or preschool special education services from local qualified professionals.
IDEA: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This website is full of information about IDEA.
MN Department of Education
The Special Education Division of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides leadership to ensure a high-quality education for Minnesota’s children and youth with disabilities. Its specialists help students, parents, educators and administrators through guidance, training and sharing best practices in areas including educational programs in care and treatment facilities, secondary transition and statewide assessment for students in special education.
PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.