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Representing Students with Disabilities in Individualized Educational Planning

By Diane C. Smith

Many students with disabilities in the U.S. public education system are not receiving the services to which they are legally entitled. A small amount of advocacy can make a great difference. A summary of the framework of rights for public school students (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state law), an overview of the individualized education program (IEP) process and problem-solving options, and practice tips may help advocates new to this area of law.

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