Lesson 1: Overview of U.S. Education Laws and Procedures for Students With Special Needs

Overview: U.S. law provides for the protection of rights afforded to families that have children with special needs. School Liaisons need to understand the purpose of these rights and what they are in order to help military families mitigate challenges to ensuring the academic success of their special needs children.

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Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this lesson, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of and rights afforded families through the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its role in dealing with challenges relating to military families.
  • Identify the evaluation process and procedural safeguards afforded parents under IDEA.
  • Explain the purpose of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its role in addressing challenges relating to military families.