Ideas that Work, office of special programs U.S. Department of Education

The contents of this website were developed in part under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150052. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government or Project Officer, David Emenheiser.

For Parents

This section of the website has information for parents of children with special needs. Below are Informational Tip Sheets on various topics that can be downloaded and printed.  To the right, are sample letters for parents to be able to click on, print and use as a template for their own child's letter.   Below the sample letters is a Resource section.  Please scroll down to see these resources to the right.  

How to Find Parent Assistance in Your Area

Parent Toolkit

Below are Informational Tip Sheets on Various Topics that can be printed.  Just click on the title!


Sample Letters
Navigating the special education system can be challenging. CADRE's new resource provides families interested in hiring an advocate with questions to consider and highlights additional resources available to families.
Data presented in this brief on Due Process Complaints include dispute resolution data reported to OSEP by the states. This brief is one in a series that examines eleven years of IDEA dispute resolution activity, concluding in 2014-15.
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