Special Education

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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.

    Parent's Guide to Special Education In Massachusetts Logo
    Parent's Guide to Special Education and accompanying online, interactive module
    This online, interactive guide has been developed as a complement to the Parent's Guide to Special Education (Parent's Guide). The Parent's Guide and accompanying module was developed to assist families in understanding the Special Education process and the supports and services that children with disabilities need to succeed in school. Both the Parent Guide and module highlight Massachusetts' special education systems. The Parent's Guide and module were designed for families who have children with disabilities and agencies who support them.
  • A Parent's Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts
    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.

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

  • Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition
    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.

Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Massachusetts Organizations/Resources

National Organizations/Resources

  • New England INDEX
    New England INDEX, a project of the UMass Medical School located at the Shriver Center, provides information about programs and agencies, physicians, dentists, and consultants that serve people with disabilities. INDEX also coordinates the Mass Network of Information Providers (MNIP), a multi-agency collaboration that provides telephone information and referral at over 50 sites across the state (800-642-0249).

  • Special Education Areas of Study
    Special Education Areas of Study from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia

Last Updated: March 23, 2015

 
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