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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


Special Education

Special Education Rights Toolkit

How to be a Strong Voice for Your Child’s Special Education Needs PDF Word Doc
Legal Rights of Parents Who Need Accommodations at IEP/504 Meetings PDF Word Doc
Special Education Timelines PDF Word Doc

Getting Started

Early Intervention PDF Word Doc
How to Help Your Child Be Successful in School – Getting a 504 Plan or IEP PDF Word Doc
504 Plans PDF Word Doc
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) PDF Word Doc
Preparing for an IEP Meeting PDF Word Doc

Special Education Services

Is Your Child in the Right Kind of Classroom or School? PDF Word Doc
Assistive Technology PDF Word Doc
Extended School Year (ESY) Services PDF Word Doc
Special Services and Therapies To Help Your Child in School PDF Word Doc
School Services for Children with Health or Medical Needs PDF Word Doc
Transportation PDF Word Doc
Transition Plans: Getting Your Child Ready for Life After High School PDF Word Doc

Problems in the Classroom

Helping Students with Behavior Problems PDF Word Doc
Bullying & Leaving Out Students with Disabilities PDF Word Doc

Solving Disagreements with the School

What to Do When You Disagree With the School – Complaints PDF Word Doc
Mediation PDF Word Doc
Due Process Hearings PDF Word Doc

Equip for Equality is the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for the State of Illinois. This Special Education Rights Series is available for free online to parents of children with disabilities. Anyone else wishing to reproduce or use this Special Education Rights Series should contact Equip for Equality to seek advance permission. Copyright © 2019 by Equip for Equality, Inc. All rights reserved.

Conflict Resolution

Early Intervention


Individualized Education Program (IEP)




Last updated: March 18, 2020

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