State and federal law strongly protect the rights of Santa Clarita children with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act protects against all forms of discrimination against people of all ages with all types of disabilities, several other laws go much further than this to protect the educational rights of children. Children who do not receive the best educations for their needs and age may find it difficult to go very far in life, to further their education or to gain meaningful employment. A good education should be seen as a fabulous foundation for future success.
However, IDEA and similar related laws do much more than just provide children with IEPs. They also provide many other rights to these children and their families, including the following:
Least Restrictive Environment
The law not only states that children with disabilities should receive a free and appropriate public education but also stipulates that these children should receive their educations in the least restrictive environments possible. For some, this means that they can join their peers in the general classroom. Others may require separate special educational services and classes.
Prior Written Notice
If the school changes its decision about what services a Santa Clarita child with disabilities can receive, parents must receive written notice about the proposed changes beforehand.
Parents who disagree with a school district’s decision can request a due process hearing. Until the final decision is made, the student will continue to receive special education services.
Independent Educational Evaluations
Parents who disagree with decisions made by the school district regarding services can request an independent educational evaluation at the cost of the school district.