School-Age (students ages 3-16)

Special Education

  • Parental Rights in Special Education NE – As a parent of a child with a disability, you have certain rights which are guaranteed by state (Rule 51) and federal -Individuals with Disabilities Education Act {IDEA} laws. Those procedural safeguards, or rights, are contained in this document. Link: Parental Rights in Special Education NE – 2012
  •  Rule 51 – Regulations and Standards for Special Education Programs. Link: Rule 51 – May 2016 
  •  Rule 51 Index – We have developed an Index for Rule 51 to help parents and professionals more easily find the topics they are interested in.  Link: Rule 51 Index – May 2016
  • Rule 52 – Regulations and Standards for the  Provision of Early Intervention Services. Link: Rule 52 – 2014
  • Tips for the IEP Meeting – The IEP meeting is an important meeting where you, the parents, professionals and the school come together to discuss your child’s unique educational needs and create a plan to meet those needs. It is important to prepare for your IEP meeting so you can be a more knowledgeable, active participant in the decision-making process and help guide your child’s educational success. We hope this information will help both parents and students prepare for the IEP meeting and become the best advocates possible. Link:  Tips For the IEP Meeting
  • Functional Assessment Questionnaire – This document can help you think about why your child exhibits a behavior and ways to reduce negative behaviors. Link: Functional Assessment Questionnaire
  • Nebraska Department of Education Accommodations Guidelines – How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Accommodations for Instruction of Students with Disabilities. Link: NDE Accommodations Guidelines 2012
  • OSEP ADHD Strategies and Practices – Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder: Instructions Strategies and Practices. Link: OSEP ADHD Strategies and Practices
  • School Accommodations and Modifications – Some students with disabilities need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate in the general curriculum and to be successful in school. Link:Pacer School Accommodations and Modifications
  • Related Service Information – There are 16 different related services that can be considered in your child’s IEP  based on his or her needs including speech, occupational and physical therapy, counseling services, and transportation. Link:Wrightslaw Related Services Information
  • What Is A Written State Complaint?-A written state complaint is used to communicate that a public agency (such as your child’s school) has not followed the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and to request an investigation of the problem. Complaints may concern one child or student, or a group of students. Any person or organization, including one from another state, may file a written state complaint. Link: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/pdf/WrittenStateComplaints_Parent%20Guide2014.pdf
  • What I A Due Process Complaint/Hearing Request? – A due process complaint is a written document used to request a due process hearing related to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child with a disability, or the provision of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to the child. The complaint may be filed by a parent or public agency (such as your child’s school district). This starts a process that may lead to a formal hearing where a hearing officer decides the outcome. Link:  http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/pdf/DueProcess_ParentGuide2014.pdf
  • Services Non-public Schools – The purpose of this technical assistance document is to provide guidance and interpretation of the requirements of IDEA 2004 and 92 NAC 51- 015.03.It is not intended to be a replacement for careful study of IDEA 2004 and 92 NAC- 51 or Rule 51 (Regulations and Rules for Special Education Programs). Link: Services Nonpublic Schools 

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