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Special Education Rights - (Parents Helping Parents)

Parents Helping Parents Project provides a wide array of services to help parents advocate for their children with disabilities. The project is staffed by parent advocates who assist parents by distributing informative materials, conducting workshops and trainings, and providing one-on-one consultations with parents throughout Minnesota. Parent advocates help clarify existing laws, explain school procedures, develop strategies for working with schools, and answer questions about everything from transportation to parental rights.

Information Cards

Family Fun Reading Activity Cards Family Fun Reading Activity Cards
These activity cards help your child develop literacy skills that are important for reading and learning success. You can do these fun skill-builders at home, in your neighborhood, and on the go! For children in grades K-3. 2012.
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Parent Information Cards
Laminated 3 x 5-inch cards detailing parent rights and responsibilities in special education as well as topics of discussion for IEP development that parents can bring with them to their child's IEP meetings. 2010.
square $.25 | 100+ copies, $.20 each | PHP-a39 (Please call for shipping and handling pricing)

Interactive

Helping Children with Disabilities Learn What All Children Learn Video
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.


Interactive Product on School Discipline in Minnesota

Unique online resource is a step-by-step guide through the process schools must follow to discipline children with disabilities in Minnesota.


Special Education: What Do Parents Need to Know? — View it hereFlash Video

View this presentation recorded in American Sign Language here

A 37 minute 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.

This presentation has been translated to Hmong, Spanish, and Somali.

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Books

A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the Individualized Education Programpdf icon
Helps parents work with schools to address each child's special needs through understanding the required components of the IEP. Includes examples from the Minnesota state recommended form. 2012.
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A Parent's Guide to Special Education Advisory Councils (SEAC)pdf icon
This book gives an in depth look at how special education advisory councils work. 2005.
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Choices: Opportunities for Life
The information in this booklet can help parents think about the steps involved in encouraging decision making skills in their young children with disabilities. 2009.
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Families are Important! An Early Childhood Guidebook for Families of Young Children
Helps families of children with disabilities or delayed development understand Minnesota's early intervention system and how to access services for their child. 2011.
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High Expectations
Helps parents who have just learned their child has a disability to maintain high expectations for the child's future while challenging the low expectations of others. 2009.
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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now
New! Advice from over twenty parents of children with disabilities, sharing what they have learned while navigating health care, education, and social support systems and what they would do differently if they did it all again. 2012
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Minnesota Secondary Transition Toolkit for Families: A Guide to Preparing Your Child with a Disability for Life Beyond High School
New! This toolkit was created to make transition planning easier and offers easy-to-understand information about the purpose of transition planning, the goal and importance of age-appropriate assessments, and the required rules that are used by schools. It also includes information on the community partners that can provide youth with supports as adults. Topics include healthcare and health maintenance, benefits planning, postsecondary education and accommodations, recreation, social resources, transportation, and housing. 2013. One copy may be printed from downloaded booklet.
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Parents Can Be the Key
This handbook describes basic special education laws and procedures. 2011.
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Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities
a booklet first published in 2004 by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and PACER, has been revamped and expanded in an online format. This guide offers tips and information on organizing financial records, managing money, dealing with debt, preparing income taxes, saving for college, preparing youth for adult employment, and more. Each section includes links to additional resources. 2011
FREE | Online Only  | WEB-1

Siblings Forever: Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disabilities Share Their Stories
New! By sharing the feelings and experiences of 21 siblings from age 5 to 47, this booklet provides a way for families to explore the unique challenges and benefits siblings of children with disabilities may encounter. Tips for parents on raising siblings of children with disabilities are also included, along with resource and book lists for all ages concerning the sibling relationship.
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Working Together: A Parent's Guide to Parent and Professional Partnership and Communication Within Special Education
Helps parents effectively communicate with special education professionals as they develop their child's educational program. 2009.
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Brochure

Effective Advocacy: Guidelines to help parents help their children
A brochure for organizations or individuals who help parents develop advocacy skills. 2000. (See Translations for Spanish.)
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Truancy: A Family Guide to Understanding and Seeking Help for Truancy
This brochure provides families with information on the importance of children attending school regularly and on time. It also explains Minnesota laws on school attendance and truancy: being frequently absent from school without permission or a valid reason. If children have multiple unexcused absences, this brochure can help families encourage school attendance and understand possible consequences of truancy.
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Record Keeping Folders

image of Special Education Record Keeping Folders publication Special Education Record Keeping Folders
Parents can keep important papers related to their child's education plus helpful tips on working with your child's school. 2009. (See Translations for Somali, Hmong, and Spanish.)
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Publication Name Publication Code *Audio MP3 (download)
A Parent’s Guide to Separate Site Programs for Minnesota Children with Emotional or Behavior Disorders PHP-c177  
A Place to Start: Understanding the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance Statement PHP-c186  
Accessing County Children's Mental Health Services for Your Child PHP-c84 Download Audio
Accommodations Categories Chart PHP-c126  
Acronyms and Abbreviations PHP-c38  
ADA Q&A...Back to School PHP-c51c  
Ages at Which Children Develop Specific Skills PHP-c67  
Attending Meetings to Plan Your Child's IEP (See Tranlations for Spanish and Hmong.) PHP-c27 Download Audio
Available Technology for People with Disabilities PHP-c129  
Basic Disability Etiquette Tips PHP-c127  
Be Your Own Best Advocate PHP-c116  
Categories of Diverse Disabilities PHP-c128  
Changes in IDEA Involve Parents’ Rights PHP-c173  
Chart Your Own Future: How Your IEP Can Help PHP-c113  
Checklist: Preparing for and Attending Mediation (See Translations pages for Spanish, Somali, and Hmong) PHP-c200  
Childhood Skills Checklist PHP-c76  
Communication in the Special Education Process PHP-c82  
Coordinating Service Plans for Your Child Using the IIIP Process PHP-c97  
Creating a Positive Behavior Intervention Plan and a Crisis Plan: Things to consider if your child has a disability and behavior needs PHP-c141  
Day Training and Supported Employment Programs: Information for parents of students with developmental disabilities PHP-c199  
Direct and Indirect Services PHP-c180  
Disability Awareness Activities for Students of All Ages PHP-c204  
Disability Related Interagency, Special Education Council and Committee Opportunities PHP-c100  
Early Literacy: Parents Play a Key Role PHP-c134  
Evaluation: What Does It Mean for Your Child? (See Translations for Spanish.) PHP-c2 Download Audio
Extracurricular Activities and Students with Disabilities PHP-c195  
Facilitated IEP Meetings PHP-c90  
Families Need Support: The Challenges of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders PHP-c86  
Father's Involvement Is Important / Tips for Fathers of Children with Disabilities PHP-c74  
From Experience to Influence: The Power of a Parent's Story PHP-c121  
From Needs to Services: Parent Homework Sheet PHP-c210  
Getting Off to a Good Start: Positive Interactions with Diverse Families in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education PHP-c131  
Guidelines for Exploring Interagency Opportunities PHP-c99  
How Can My Child Be Involved in the IEP Process? PHP-c77 Download Audio
How to Communicate Effectively with Early Childhood Professionals PHP-c159  
How to Prepare Your Child with Disabilities for Kindergarten: Tips for Parents (See Translations page for Spanish, Hmong and Somali.) PHP-c179  
How Will I Know My Child Is Making Progress? (See Translations for Spanish.) PHP-c78  
How You Can Help Your Child Learn to Be a Good Self Advocate PHP-c95  
IEP Team Meeting Planner PHP-c184  
Increasing Parent Involvement on Special Education Committees, Councils, and Boards PHP-c98  
Introducing Your Child to the School Community Using a “Student Snapshot” Format PHP-c160  
Introducing Your Child to the School Community Using a “Student Snapshot” Format PHP-160  
It's the "Person First" - Then the Disability PHP-c31  
Keeping Good Records Helps Special Education Stay on Track PHP-c155  
Key Questions for Parent Leaders to Ask PHP-c120  
Know Your School District: Tips for Parents PHP-c112  
Least Restrictive Environment PHP-c7  
Manners Unleashed: Etiquette Regarding Service Dogs PHP-c164  
Minnesota Charter Schools and Special Education Advisory Councils (SEACs) PHP-c176  
Minnesota Due Process Options PHP-a25h  
Minnesota Due Process Options PHP-a25so  
Minnesota Due Process Options PHP-a25s  
Minnesota Due Process Options - (See Translations pages for Spanish,Somali, Hmong versions) PHP-a25  
National group offers guidelines for accessible playgrounds PHP-c15  
Natural Environments Support Early Intervention Services PHP-c178  
Obtaining an Evaluation for a Private School Student PHP-c147  
PACER Center’s Archived Webinars PHP-c192  
Parent Keys to Success In the Parent- School Partnership PHP-c96  
Parent Partnerships Project For Children's Mental Health "Access to Services" PHP-c88  
Parent Partnerships Project For Children's Mental Health "The Commitment of Financial Resources" PHP-c89  
Parent Partnerships Project for Children's Mental Health "Training for Professionals" PHP-c87  
Parent Tips for Transition Planning PHP-c197  
Parent's Question: Is Retention a Good Idea? PHP-c3  
Parents Can Prepare for Special Education Meetings PHP-c156  
Parents of Children with Disabilities Need to Nurture Their Own Relationship PHP-c10  
Physical Education and Children with Disabilities and Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) PHP-c182  
Placement in Alternative Educational Setting-IDEA 2004 Section 615 (K) PHP-c111  
Plan Ahead for Academic Success Using the IEP Meeting Checklist PHP-c183  
Planning for a meeting about your child's behavior needs PHP-c144  
Planning for Your Child’s Transition to Kindergarten: A Timeline PHP-c201  
Potential Community Partners and Locations for Parent Outreach Activities in Diverse Communities PHP-c133  
Preparing for Transition from Early Intervention to an Individualized Education Program (See Translations for Hmong Version) PHP-c158  
Questions for Parents of Children with Disabilities to Ask About Public Charter Schools PHP-c110  
Questions for Parents to Ask about School Adaptations PHP-c91  
Residential Programs for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Things for Parents to Consider PHP-c85  
Resolving Special Education Issues: It Seems Like the School is Not Following My Child's IEP-What Can I Do? PHP-c93  
Resolving Special Education Issues: Keeping Special Education Records PHP-c94  
Resource List of Disability Organizations PHP-c36  
Safety: It Takes Planning and Educating, Too For Children and Young Adults with Disabilities PHP-c122  
School Accommodations and Modifications (See Translations for Spanish.) PHP-c49 Download Audio
School Records and Parents Rights PHP-c41  
SEAC Strategies for Success Guidebook FAPE-36  
SEAC Strategies for Success Training Modules: Terms and Definitions PHP-c175  
Section 504 Flow Chart PHP-c202  
Sibling Resources: A Bibliography of Selected Resources for Siblings of Children with Disabilities PHP-c50  
Strategies for Success in Local Early Childhood Parent Outreach Activities Among Diverse Cultures PHP-c132  
Students with Disabilities & Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 PHP-c33  
Students with IEPs and Minnesota's Statewide Assessments: What Parents Need to Know PHP-c143  
Tantrums, Tears, and Tempers: Behavior Is Communication PHP-c154  
Teasing and Harassment PHP-c68  
Telling Classmates About Your Child's Disability May Foster Acceptance PHP-c101 Download Audio
Telling the teacher: What I want my child's classroom teacher to know PHP-c124  
Terms Related to Statewide Assessments PHP-c185  
The Evolution of a Parent: A Gradual Process PHP-c8  
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) Defines Related Services PHP-c181  
The Journey: A Parent Comes to Terms with Her Daughter's Disability PHP-c26  
Tips for Teachers, Principals and School Support Staff from Students with Mental Health and Behavioral Disabilities PHP-c148  
Tips for working with your child's school when chronic conditions cause absenses HIAC-h25  
Tips to Support Reading and Writing for Children with Significant Disabilities (See Translations for Hmong, Somali and Spanish) PHP-c206  
Tips to Support Reading and Writing, Every Child Needs a Voice (See Translations for Hmong, Somali and Spanish) PHP-c207  
Tips to Support Reading and Writing, Every Writer Needs a Pencil (See Translations for Hmong and Spanish) PHP-c208  
Top Ten Tips, Ideas to Improve Parent to Professional Communication PHP-c198  
Total Special Education Systems (TSES) and Charter Schools PHP-c172  
Transfer Students and Special Education PHP-c163  
Transportation for Children with Disabilities PHP-c62  
Understanding the Early Intervention System PHP-c137  
Use Questions to Find Answers: A guide for parents of children receiving special education services PHP-c136  
What If Your Child IS the Bully? PHP-c109  
What is a "Functional Assessment?" PHP-c54  
What Is an Emotional or Behavioral Disorder? PHP-c81 Download Audio
What is the Simon Technology Center? PHP-c130  
What Parents of Students with IEPs Need to Know About Accommodations for Statewide Assessments PHP-c145  
What Parents of Students with IEPs Need to Know About the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-Modified (MCA Modified) PHP-c191  
When Billy Doesn't Do His Homework PHP-c56  
When Your Child Turns Three: Moving from an IFSP to an IEP or IIIP PHP-c119 Download Audio
Who Is My Child’s IEP Team PHP-c203  
Young Children with Challenging Behavior: When Should Parents Be Concerned? PHP-c106  

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