Your Child's Rights Are Protected By Law:

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Several federal laws are designed to protect your child’s education rights. If your child has a disability or is suspected of having a disability, he or she may qualify for additional protections. As a parent, it is critical you understand these rights so you can advocate for your child. There are three key federal laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Actof 1973, and the Americans with Disabilites Act. The first step you must take if you are going to advocate for your child’s needs is to gather information about your child’s progress in school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act “IDEA” provides safeguards, or rights, to assist you in this process. Under IDEA, you have the right to:

  • Examine you child’s student records
  • Participate in meetings regarding your child
  • Agree or disagree with decisions the school team makes
  • Request evaluations at the public expense
  • Be provided prior written notice of all decisions or actions the school intends to take

No one knows your child better than you do and Parent Support Arizona is here to help you exercise your rights and ensure that the school works in partnership with you so that your child learns the skills they need to succeed in school and reach their full potential.