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    One of the first steps in helping a child with a disability is to learn about the disability and the possible challenges the child might face. On this page are articles and information to help in this process. Further information can be found on the links page.

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    What is Inclusion?

    Inclusion is a term which expresses commitment to educate each child, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the school and the classroom he or she would otherwise attend. The child should receive services inside the regular education classroom when appropriate and outside the regular education classroom only when services cannot be provided in the classroom.


    Does Federal Law Require Inclusion?

    No. Two federal laws govern education of children with disabilities. Neither requires inclusion, but does require that a significant effort be made to find an inclusive placement. The law requires that children with disabilities be educated “to the extent appropriate” in the “least restrictive environment.” In developing the Individual Education Program (IEP) for a child with disabilities, the law requires the IEP team to consider placement in the regular education classroom as the point in determining the appropriate placement for the child. If the IEP team determines the “least restrictive environment” appropriate for a particular child is NOT the regular education classroom for all or part of the IEP, the IEP must include an explanation in the IEP as to why the regular education classroom is not appropriate.


    What is the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP?

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Section 504 establishes a student’s right to full access and participation to education and all school-related activities and requires schools to provide appropriate accommodations to meet the individual needs of qualified students.  An IEP is  a written document for a child with a disability who is eligible for special education in accordance with IDEA.  A 504 Plan describes how the district will support the student to provide access to school programs, where an IEP outlines the specific special education services a student is eligible for and will receive.  


    What is a TPG?

    A TPG is a transition planning guide for students 14 ½ years and older.  It is used to prepare a student from high school to either the workforce or to post-secondary education.  


    Can I request an additional IEP meeting?

    Yes, by law IEP meetings must occur no less than once per  year.  Additional IEP meetings may occur whenever necessary.  


    Can I bring additional people to the IEP meeting?

    Yes, a parent may bring other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, as determined by the party who invites the individual to the meeting.