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The documents below present a handful of information regarding special education, including information on the IDEA (the federal law under which special education services are provided), the process by which a child may be evaluated for a disability under the IDEA, the provision of special education and related services as part of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the IDEA, accommodations pursuant to Section 504 (of the federal law pertaining to disabilities and accommodations), and information pertaining to specific disabilities. While we will do our best to update these documents, please research (Google and searching MCPS and Maryland Dept of Ed) on your own, to make sure you have the most up to date version of any single document. 

(These documents are provided for informational purposes only, and not intended as legal advice.)

Understanding Special Education and Related Services – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Evaluations, and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Useful SPED Links
Special Ed Handbook MCPS
Understanding the IEP MD Dept of Ed (English and Spanish Versions)
Procedural Safeguards Parental Rights
Basic Materials from the U of Seattle (Special Education Seminar)
Autism Speaks IEP Guide
Facilitated IEP brochure
Facilitated IEP Meeting FAQ
Complaint Procedures Sept 2011
Similarities and Differences between IEPs and 504s
IDEA Dispute Resolutions Chart

FAQ State Complaint
FAQ Due Process
FAQ Mediation

Accommodations under Section 504
Similarities and Differences between IEPs and 504s
Due Process 504 Handout
Parent’s Guide to 504
504 Form
Sample 504 from American Diabetes Assoc.

Autism Speaks – Autism Specific Documents
Autism Speaks School Community Kit
How to be a Friend to Someone with Autism 1 and 2