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Beyond High School: Your Rights at College, Trade School, and More

Now that you are out of high school, your rights in post secondary education settings are not covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are the two main laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in such institutions. In Texas, Chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code provides additional protection to people with disabilities.

Download PDF: Beyond High School: Your Rights at College, Trade School, and More ()

Children in Special Ed Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: What Parents Need to Know

What you need to do if your family was displaced by Hurricane Harvey and your child receives special education or 504 services. Created in partnership with Texans for Special Education Reform.

Download PDF: Children in Special Ed Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: What Parents Need to Know (82KB)

Denial of School Enrollment Form

For use in our Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Educational Advocacy Program. This form is to be completed by the person at the school who has denied the student’s enrollment. The person completing the form could be the school's registrar, assistant principal or principal. If a school refuses to complete and sign the form, a parent or probation officer will need to document the denial.

Download PDF: Denial of School Enrollment Form (211KB)

Education Bills Impacting Students with Disabilities: Texas 85th Legislative Session Summary

What’s New in Special Education for 2017? DRTx provides brief summaries of major legislation passed in Texas in 2017 that impact students with disabilities.

Download PDF: Education Bills Impacting Students with Disabilities: Texas 85th Legislative Session Summary (652KB)

How to File a TEA Complaint

Parents and others that have complaints about the special education services being provided by a school district may file a complaint with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Sample letters are included in the handout.

Download PDF: How to File a TEA Complaint ()

How to Request an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility

How to Request an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility

Download PDF: How to Request an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility (446KB)

IDEA Manual 2018 Edition

A manual for parents and students about special education services and supports in Texas. Updated March 2018. (Those with hard copies of the 2016 edition, please print out our handout on Changes to 2016 IDEA Manual and insert it into your copy. Since we still have a number of the 2016 English edition, any hard copies you order will be the 2016 version with these insert listing changes.)

Download PDF: IDEA Manual 2018 Edition (1MB)

IDEA Manual in Vietnamese

Luật Giáo dục Học sinh Khuyết tật Sổ tay. Hướng dẫn dành cho phụ huynh và học sinh về Các Dịch vụ Giáo dục Đặc biệt tại Bang Texas

Download PDF: IDEA Manual in Vietnamese (866KB)

Independent Evaluations for Special Education

This handout answers frequently asked questions about independent evaluations.

Download PDF: Independent Evaluations for Special Education (320KB)

Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades Manual en Español

IDEA (Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades) Manual en Español - Edición 2016. Una guía para padres y estudiantessobre servicios de educación especial en Texas.

Download PDF: Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades Manual en Español ()

Requesting an ECI Investigation or Due Process Hearing

This handout briefly explains Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, what a state investigation and a due process hearing are, and how an investigation or a hearing might help your family to obtain ECI services to assist your infant or toddler with a disability. A sample letter to ask for either a state investigation or a due process hearing is included.

Download PDF: Requesting an ECI Investigation or Due Process Hearing (225KB)

Response to Intervention: What Parents Need to Know

This accessible version of our new infographic explains what RTI (Response to Intervention) is and what parents need to know. School districts in Texas have used RTI to delay getting some students special education evaluations but new laws passed in Texas are forcing schools to stop using this tactic.This resource helps explain the process and your rights.

Download PDF: Response to Intervention: What Parents Need to Know (362KB)

Response to Intervention: What Parents Need to Know (infographic)

Our new infographic explaining RTI (Response to Intervention) and what parents need to know. School districts in Texas have used RTI to delay getting some students special education evaluations but new laws passed in Texas are forcing schools to stop using this tactic. This infographic helps explain the process and your rights.

Download PDF: Response to Intervention: What Parents Need to Know (infographic) (2MB)

Right to Receive Information from Schools in Your Native Language

As the parent or legal guardian of a student who receives special education services, you have the right to meaningfully participate in the development and review of your child’s special education program. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other federal laws, you have rights as a parent to receive information about your child's education in your native language.

Download PDF: Right to Receive Information from Schools in Your Native Language (313KB)

School District Resource for Serving Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

With this resource, school districts will better understand their obligations to enroll and serve displaced students with disabilities under two federal laws: the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Summaries provided are not comprehensive. Rather, this resource highlights the most critical legal requirements that schools must follow as families cope with displacement caused by the storm.

Download PDF: School District Resource for Serving Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey (531KB)

School Transfer for Victims of Bullying

The Texas Anti-Bullying Law gives parents of a child victim of bullying the right to petition the school’s Board of Trustees or their authorized representative to transfer their child to another class at the same school, or to another school within the same school district.

Download PDF: School Transfer for Victims of Bullying (360KB)

Transition Guide

"Your Rights, Your Voice: A Guide for Youth with Mental Health Concerns Transitioning into Adulthood" is a resource to help transition age youth learn about their rights and provide tools to help them successfully move into adulthood. Topics covered included special education, post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation services, employment, mental health care, community living, and alternatives to guardianship. (Updated: October 2016)

Download PDF: Transition Guide (3MB)

Helpful Links

Bullying: The Rights of Students with Disabilities and the School’s Responsibilities

Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities.

Department of Ed Guidance to Schools on Bullying

Children in Special Ed Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: What Parents Need to Know

What you need to do if your family was displaced by Hurricane Harvey and your child receives special education or 504 services. Created in partnership with Texans for Special Education Reform.

Children in Special Ed Displaced by Hurricane Harvey: What Parents Need to Know

Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, organization of attorneys, advocates and parents that advocates for high quality educational services for children with disabilities.

Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates (COPAA)

DRTx Legal Tip Video Series: Your Rights at College

A brief video to help you understand your rights as a person with a disability at college and in other post-secondary education programs.

DRTx Legal Tip Video Series: Your Rights at College

Exceptional Parent Magazine

A magazine for families and professionals that contains articles on special education and other related topics

Exceptional Parent Magazine

Family-to-Family Network

A Texas resource network that provides training and information for parents of children with disabilities

Family-to-Family Network

IDEA Manual on Discipline by Southern Disability Law Center

Many publications are available to parents and professionals that review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s discipline provisions in detail. The focus of this publication is not another review of these provisions. Instead, it’s about ways to use some of the discipline provisions and other IDEA requirements to prevent the use of suspension, expulsion and removals to alternative education programs (Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs [DAEPs] in Texas) and to keep students in school.

Southern Disability Law Center's IDEA Discipline Manual

Individualized Education Program Facilitation in Texas

Individualized education program (IEP) facilitation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that involves the use of a trained facilitator to assist an admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee in developing an IEP for a student with a disability. This method of dispute resolution is new in Texas and will be implemented by both local school districts and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). TEA has created a resource page with more information.

TEA IEP Dispute Resolution Facilitation

Interactive Discipline Guide

This interactive program was developed by Disability Rights Texas to help parents and school districts correctly apply the requirements of federal law when disciplining a student with a disability by taking the user step-by-step through the disciplinary process.

Interactive Discipline Guide

ISER - Internet Special Education Resources

A nationwide directory that helps parents locate special education professionals and resources to help with assessment of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs.

ISER - Internet Special Education Resources

NICHCY

(National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities) NICHCY provides information regarding disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.

NICHCY

OCR Online Complaint Form

The US Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has authority to resolve complaints regarding allegations of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in public and private programs that receive Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education. These include most schools and colleges. The OCR web site includes this online complaint form.

OCR Online Complaint Form

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs is one of the components of the U.S. Department of Education. OSEP's organizational focus is on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Parent Companion

A website for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Parent Companion

Partners Resource Network, the PATH Project

The Partners Resource Network is a nonprofit agency serving as the statewide Parent Training and Information Center. The agency provides services across Texas to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with all types of disabilities.

Partners Resource Network, the PATH Project

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support

Resources for families and teachers that help prepare students with disabilities for success, including positive behavioral interventions and support.

IDEAs That Work

Public schools and communication with students who have hearing, vision, & speech disabilities

Published by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education. Explains the legal responsibility of public schools to ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as communication with all other students.

US DOJ and US DOE info about public schools communicating with students with disabilities

Shouldn’t School be Safe?: Restraint and Seclusion in School

This parent education manual was produced by TASH, which promotes human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs. The publication is a practical guide to keeping school children safe from restraint, seclusion and other aversive practices.

TASH Restraint and Seclusion Manual

Supported Decision Making Page - links to all DRTx resources

Supported Decision Making Resources

TEA Due Process Hearing Decisions

Texas Special Education Due Process Hearing Decisions

TEA Due Process Hearing Decisions

TEA Dyslexia Handbook

TEA’s Dyslexia Handbook is an important resource in understanding procedures for dyslexia and related disorders.

TEA Dyslexia Handbook

TEA Special Education Information Center

TEA’s toll-free parent information line will be discontinued. A new Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) is being established. Parents seeking technical assistance on special education issues may call 1-855-SPEDTEX (1-855-773-3839) or send an email to inquire@spedtex.org.

Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex)

TEA Special Education Rules and Regulations

Special Education Rules and Regulations - A side-by-side view of Federal and State rules and regulations

TEA Special Education Rules and Regulations

Texas Education Agency

Texas Education Agency Special Education page

TEA

Texas First

A website created by parents from the Family-to-Family Network to provide information and resources to families of children with disabilities. Project First is a project of the Texas Education Agency.

Texas First

Texas Parent to Parent

A nonprofit organization created by parents to provide support & information to families of children with disabilities, chronic illness & special health care needs.

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This guide provides information to students in special education and their parents on steps they can take to make sure they are able to find the right work or educational choices after high school. It also provides information on where to get services after high school.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

Texas Transition and Employment Guide - One-Page Overview

Accessing the Online Texas Transition and Employment Guide

Wrightslaw

A website for parents, attorneys, educators and others that need up-to-date information on special education law and advocacy.

Wrightslaw
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