The Guiding Principles of Special Education are to:
- Serve students according to individualized need
- Ensure equality of access to educational services regardless of where the student lives in the city
- Use evidence-based practices for all students
- Meet our students' needs in their own communities
"Congress finds the following: Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
Public Schools are one of the first options most parents have available to them, and they are an excellent option for many families. A child with special needs will likely require more assistance than other children, but Federal law mandates that every child receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) possible. Children with special needs are often entitled to receive additional services or accommodations through the public schools. To support your child and her ability to learn in school, there are three Federal laws that apply specifically to children with special needs.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Parent's Guide to an IEP: Individualized Education Program
- Parent and Child Rights in Special Education:
Procedural Safeguards Notice: English
Procedural Safeguards Notice: Spanish
- NMPED Special Education: Forms, Information, Technical Manuals
Resources for "twice exceptional" children, intellectually gifted children with special needs such as ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
Maintains a large resource library with information related to children with disabilities. Parent Information Centers in every state provide training to parents of children with disabilities and provide information about local conferences, support groups, and finding schools and other local services. Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
The Annual Written Notification provides you with information about your rights and protections under Federal Law
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), effective March 18, 2013.
It assists you in making an informed decision about whether or not to give your consent to allow your school district to use
your/your child’s public benefits or insurance to pay for special education and related services. If your child has
been evaluated and found eligible for services under IDEA, your school district must develop an individualized
education program (IEP) for him/her. Part B of IDEA provides assistance to states and school districts in
making a free, appropriate public education available to children with disabilities in the least restrictive
environment by paying for a portion of your child’s special education and related services. Funds from a public
benefits or insurance program (for example, Medicaid funds) may also be used by your school district to help
pay for special education and related services.