What are my Parent Rights?

As a parent of a child with a disability you have a long list of rights and privileges that are guaranteed to you. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these right prior to beginning an IEP or 504 process in order to ensure you are fully aware of what should be taking place and when with regards to your child’s educational needs.

State and federal law under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) guarantees parental rights

  • Notice: Before a child is tested or placed in a special education program, you have the right to be notified of what the school plans to do.
  • Consent: You must give your consent before special tests are given and before your child is placed in a special education program.
  • Evaluation: You have the right to a full evaluation of your child to determine individual educational needs.
  • Records: You have the right to know what records are kept on your child.
  • Confidentiality: With the exception of school personnel with legitimate educational interests, no one may see your child’s records without your permission.
  • Least Restrictive Environment: You have the right to have your child educated with children without disabilities tto the maximum extent appropriate.
  • Due process: If at any point along the way you do not agree with how the school is dealing with your child, you have the right to request a hearing. At this hearing, you and the school will reach an agreement concerning the identification, evaluation, placement or educational program of your child.

Each school district across the country is required to present to parents, in more detailed format, the Parents Rights and Procedural Safeguards document.