There are quite a few hoops that you will have to jump through in order to get your child services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Most school districts are very accomodating and will help you with the process. Others are hell-bent on saving money and try to deny anything that will cost them extra at every possible turn. In my opinion, the worst districts are the ones that seem like they are going to be accomodating but never follow through with the actual IEP. Knowing how the process works is a key step in knowing whether you're getting where you need to be. What follows is a roadmap of the process.
Special education law is a mystery to a lot of lawyers and a lot of parents. It really only comes up when a child has special needs and requirements in order to thrive in a school environment. This is the first in a series of posts designed to shed a little light on the topic. This post will be a broad overview of the law, with subsequent posts dealing in more detail with each aspect. So let's dive in.