The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that Assistive Technology (AT) be considered for all students within the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This guide summarizes key information for parents and educators about the law and schools' responsibilities for AT.
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Parent and Educator Guide for Assistive Technology (AT)
Procedural Safeguards Notice
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.
A copy of this notice must be given to parents only one time a school year, except that a copy must be given to the parents: (1) upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation; (2) upon receipt of the first state complaint under 34 CFR §§300.151 through 300.153 and upon receipt of the first due process complaint under §300.507 in a school year; (3) when a decision is made to take a disciplinary action that constitutes a change of placement; and (4) upon parent request. [34 CFR §300.504(a)]
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Public Agency Placement of Students With Disabilities in Private Schools
It is the policy of the state of Michigan that if a student with a disability is placed in or referred to a private school or facility by a public agency for the purpose of providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the student, special education and related services will be provided to the student in conformance with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that meets the requirements of the law, at no cost to the parents, and at a school or facility that meets the standards that apply to the state and local educational agencies (LEA), including Part B requirements.
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Implementation Guide
School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, team-based framework for creating and sustaining safe and effective schools. Emphasis is placed on prevention of problem behavior, development of pro-social skills, and the use of data-based problem solving for addressing existing behavior concerns. School-wide PBIS increases the capacity of schools to educate all students utilizing research-based school-wide, classroom, and individualized interventions.
Special Education Due Process Complaint Procedures
The Michigan Department of Education procedures regarding a request for a special education administrative due process hearing.