Legal Resources Tool Kit
Families often ask us questions about legal matters or situations that require legal attention. This tool kit was developed with help from special needs attorneys to answer some of those common questions.
Note that these documents are meant to provide broad general information about the law. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from an attorney.
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1. Waivers for Developmental Disabilities
Waivers provide financial support for people with disabilities. Details about waivers, what waivers are available to Ohioans and what services those waivers cover are in this document.
2. Interest in a Private School at Your District’s Expense
If you want to transfer your child to a private school and have it funded by your school district.
3. Special Education Evaluations
Explaining the rights a parent has when requesting a school conduct an evaluation on their child.
4. To Graduate or Not To Graduate
Parents of special needs children become alarmed by school district plans to graduate their child prior to age 22 – the last year of special education eligibility. The decision to graduate a child does not exclusively belong to the school district. These are points and pitfalls that parents must be aware of when the school district proposes to graduate the child prematurely.
5. Disciplinary Protections for Children with Special Needs
Children with special needs are entitled to special protections against discipline. This document examines those special protections and rights.
6. Can Special Education Help with Emotional Problems?
Children and adolescents with emotional disabilities can be eligible for special services that can help them perform better in the classroom. Certain criteria is necessary for this to happen.
7. Mediation vs. Facilitated IEP Meetings
When parents and school IEP teams don’t agree on services listed in a student’s IEP, there must be an impartial mediator to help resolve issues. There are distinct differences between a mediation and a facilitated IEP meeting.
8. Bullying Rights
Parents with children who have been bullied want action right away, but are not always sure where to start. Suggestions for how to take action are detailed in this document.
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