Special Education Rights Guide Update

The 2009 special education rights guide, Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois, is now available. This document is a major rewrite of the 2001 A Parents’ Guide: The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities. The guide was collaboratively developed and reviewed by the Parent Task Force on Accessible Special Education Materials, parent leaders, special education administrators, parent and advocacy organizations, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

The 2009 edition has been designed to serve as a useful resource to both parents and school personnel. The guide includes a comprehensive narrative outlining the principal rights and procedures for special education. To maximize user-friendliness, the guide allows the reader to obtain a detailed overview of special education as a whole, or to research a specific topic.

The online version of the Guide may be found here. Questions may be directed to Special Education Services staff at 217-782-5589 or via the agency toll-free number at 866-262-6663.

Other Resources

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

LD Online

Council for Exceptional Children