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The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

By Timothy A. Adams, Esq.
July 11, 2010

Federal law defines special education as specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, designed to meet the unique needs of a child with disabilities. Instruction can include classroom and home instruction as well as instruction provided in hospitals and institutions. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) guarantees a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children who are eligible for and receive special education up to age 21 years.

The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know,” by special education attorney, Timothy Adams, will provide information about the special education process, from determining eligibility for special education to developing, implementing and enforcing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for eligible children.