Organization for Autism Research: Navigating the Special Education System


This special education guide is a resource for parents from the Organization for Autism Research. It's purpose is to give each family the information and tools needed to successfully navigate the education system anywhere in the country.

This guide offers:

  • Background on special education in the United States
  • An understanding of the laws and regulations about special education
  • An overview of the timeline of services
  • A detailed explanation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Tips and techniques for being an effective advocate
  • Sources and links that will help you identify specific state resources and find more in-depth information
  • Lists and definitions of terms that are frequently used in school systems

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