Last November 18th, 2010 was the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act. This federal law has made incredible changes in public education for students with disabilities by mandating free and appropriate public education. Although many more students with disabilities are able to attend public school and learn, there are often instances where state and federal laws are violated and students with disabilities do not unfortunately get the education that their disability warrants.
As an educational specialist at Child and Family Development, I consult with parents of children with disabilities, such as learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADHD. We can help facilitate the process of special education in public schools. This includes consulting parents with determining special education eligibility as well as the effectiveness of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).