SSD Parent Handbook
The Parent Education and Disability Awareness program publishes a lengthy Parent Handbook that aims to keep parents and the community informed about a broad range of special education and disability matters.
The Parent Handbook may be downloaded in the following sections.
Overview of Special School District,
laws and parental rights in special education (PDF).
This portion of the parent handbook provides parents with information about SSD and about the broad range of state and federal laws that dictate the manner in which special education services must be provided.
The Evaluation Process (PDF).
This section of the handbook focuses on the process of testing, observing and gathering background information about a student in order to understand his or her nature, personality, learning style and the areas of abilities, strengths and needs. The information is used to determine whether special education is necessary and to help make decisions about the kind of educational programming that may be required.
The IEP Guide for Parents (PDF).
Every public school student in the United States who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This portion of the handbook provides information on the IEP process, tips for preparing for an IEP meeting and advice on how to participate effectively during and after the meeting.
Individual Disability Sections with State
and Resources for Each.
SSD serves students with virtually every type of special need as determined by state eligibility criteria. These sections of the parent handbook focus on 13 disability categories.
Transition Process (PDF).
Transition is a process that helps students with disabilities develop plans to prepare for life after graduation from school. Transition planning, which begins at age 16, might include preparing for post-secondary education, vocational training, supported employment, continuing and adult education, independent living and community participation. This section of the Parent Handbook provides in-depth information on the Transition process.
Local, state and national resources on disabilities, plus support, advocacy organizations, sibling support and technology (PDF).
Raising a child with a disability is a team effort. Fortunately, a wide range of resources are available to help parents along their journey. This section of the handbook looks closely at local, state and national resources.
Guide to people-first language, glossary of terms and acronyms (PDF).
The field of special education can seem a veritable alphabet soup to those unfamiliar with its technical terms, jargon and acronyms. This section of the handbook provides definitions of education- and disability-related terms, a guide to frequently used acronyms, and an overview of people-first language
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