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Special Education

Parent Information

Special Education/IDEA

Access for All
Created by the Office of Digital Learning at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this web page offers guidance and resources for Massachusetts schools and families in providing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities

Guidance for Parent Advisory Councils
This guidance document was designed to ensure that every special education parent advisory council operating in the state understands the capacity and potential that they have to collaborate with the school community to influence special education programs and policies in their district.

A Parent's Guide to Special Education
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "A Parent's Guide to Special Education" was developed to serve as a resource for parents and the organizations that serve them.

A Parent's Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts Download PDF Document
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "A Parent's Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts" was developed to assist parents in choosing an advocate in the Special Education process when needed.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Parent's Rights Brochure)
English and Translated Versions
The Parent's Rights Brochure is designed to assist the parent in understanding the special education process, and the rights of the parent's when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.

Parent's Rights in Special Education
This page contains resources to assist districts and their Parent Advisory Councils for Special Education to meet the state requirement of an annual workshop on the rights of students and parents or guardians in relation to state and federal special education laws.

Disability Definitions and Related Links
Definitions of each of the Massachusetts disability categories, and resources for each disability.

Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition Download PDF Document
Written collaboratively by the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition" was developed to serve as a guide for families as their children transition from Early Intervention Services into a preschool program.



Last Updated: March 23, 2015
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