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Parent Information Videos/Trainings

Helping Children with Disabilities Learn What All Children Learn

Many benefits are possible when parents and the rest of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team help students with disabilities learn what all children are expected to learn. The information in this 10 minute presentation will help parents of students receiving special education services work with the IEP team to increase their child’s skills in the areas of reading and math.

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know

A audio/video overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know | Spanish version

An overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know | Hmong version

An overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know | Somali version

An overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know | ASL version

An overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play. Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

At The Table

Help! I’m Going to My First IEP Meeting

Your child has been evaluated and found eligible for special education. Now you will be attending your first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. This short presentation will help you prepare and build your confidence. It’s a step-by-process — you will learn more and more as you move through special education with your child.


Preparing for Your First Evaluation Planning Meeting for Your Child

The first step in the process of special education is the identification or recognition that a child may be in need of special education services. The next step is planning for the evaluation which will determine if the child qualifies for special education. This webinar will help parents prepare to work with the school to develop an evaluation for the child.

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At the Table: Receiving the Results of Your Child’s Special Education Evaluation

We’re “at the special education planning table” again. This short video presentation will help you prepare for your meeting with the school to discuss the results of your child’s special education evaluation.


Six Areas that May Affect IEP Services for Your Child

Once your child qualifies for special education through the identification and evaluation process, your child’s IEP team will develop or review and revise the IEP every year. One part of this annual IEP development must be the “consideration of special factors.” Parents will find out why and how these special factors may be key in helping their child make meaningful educational progress.

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Parent Homework Sheet

PACER parent advocates have developed a tool called the Parent Homework Sheet. We developed it to help parents of children with disabilities understand how the needs of the student as stated in the special education evaluation report connect with the goals and support in the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program). Watching this series of short videos will help parents prepare to discuss their child’s special education services with the IEP team.

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Part 1 - Parent Homework Sheet: Why Should Parents Use It?

Do you wish you could go to IEP meetings better prepared to understand and discuss your child’s special education needs? Do you wish you could understand your child’s Evaluation Report better? Do you think your child needs a particular service but don’t know how to ask for it effectively at an IEP meeting? This video will explain the PACER Parent Homework Sheet and how it may be helpful to you.

Post Video Questions 1 of 2:

Are you a Parent?

Did this training video provide information that will help you make decisions about your child’s education?

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Part 2 - Parent Homework Sheet: How to Complete the Form.

The goal of this video is to help parents of special education students complete the Parent Homework Sheet.

Post Video Questions 1 of 2:

Are you a Parent?

Did this training video provide information that will help you make decisions about your child’s education?

Thank You For Your Response.


Part 3 - Parent Homework Sheet: How to Use the Results.

You have a new tool to help you effectively participate and plan services to meet your child’s needs now and in the future. This video will help you put your hard work on the Parent Homework Sheet (PHS) to use.

Parent Homework Sheet download

Post Video Questions 1 of 2:

Are you a Parent?

Did this training video provide information that will help you make decisions about your child’s education?

Thank You For Your Response.

Now, where did I put that? Keeping Special Education Records

Good record keeping is an essential part of the special education process. This presentation will help parents of children with disabilities understand: the importance of special education records, which records to keep, how to organize them, and how to use them.

“Leo’s Story: Empowered by Assistive Technology”

In this video Leo's mom discusses the important role of assistive technology in helping Leo communicate.