Effective advocacy for students with special needs requires an understanding of special education law, process, and policy. It also requires the ability to use that knowledge to overcome the systemic barriers that frequently stand in the way of securing appropriate educational services for these children. SPEDWatch Advocacy Briefs explain special education and related laws and concepts in clear, easy-to-use language to help you build your advocacy skills.
How to File a Complaint
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
IEP Delivery Timelines
IEPs vs 504 Plans
Independent Evaluations (Updated August 2016)
Least Restrictive Environment
Out of District Placements
Too Smart For Special Education
Educational vs. Medical Model
IMPORTANT: Special education law, process and policy are subject to change without notice. The accuracy of the information contained in SPEDWatch Advocacy Briefs, while carefully researched, is not guaranteed. SPEDWatch is not engaged in rendering legal, educational, medical, therapeutic, or other professional advice. If such advice is desired, readers should seek the services of an appropriate professional.