Special Education

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Parents' Rights & Responsibilities


Parents and families need information that they can understand in order to make informed decisions about their child’s education.

Lawmakers and educators stress that it is very important for parents and families to understand their rights and responsibilities when they have a child who receives special education services. But, where do you start? Laws are often written in complicated language that most people cannot easily understand.

Do not be intimidated. Fortunately, there are many online resources available to help families and educators alike better understand special education laws.

Steps Parents Should Take Once Their Child is Identified with a Learning Disability
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This video clip produced by the National Center for Learning Disabilities provides a few tips on how to handle the news that your child has been identified with a learning disability as well as the next few steps that you can take as a parent.

Although your child may not have a learning disability, if your family is new to special education or you are feeling at a loss about what you need to do, this is a good place to start.

Key Terms to Know in Special Education
The Center for Parent Information and Resources presents a short list of special education-related terms focusing on what parents really need to know about.


The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) devotes a page to Special Education Laws, Rules, and Interpretations. There, you can find a link to Article 7, the Indiana Special Education Law.
Or, for a shorter and more reader-friendly description of Article 7, please visit
Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way Through Indiana’s Special Education Rules

Indiana Department of Education – Sample Notice of Procedural Safeguards
This document is similar to, or exactly like, the one that you receive at your child’s annual case conference. If you do not understand some of the wording within the Notice and have questions, do not feel embarrassed to ask your child’s special education teacher for clarification.

You may also find some helpful information on our Family Resources page.


The Center for Parent Information and Resources provides plain-language descriptions of the federal legislation that guarantees educational rights to students with special learning needs. Includes information about:

• IDEA – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004)
• NCLB – No Child Left Behind Act (2002)
• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)
• ADA – the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
• Assistive Technology Act (2004)


IN*Source offers a nice selection of informational articles, charts, and brochures about special education federal laws and legislation.


In partnership with our families and the community, the mission of the Jay School Corporation is to provide a quality educational program, which causes each student to think, reason, and communicate and to make positive contributions to our community.