School- Things You Should Know

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IEP Meetings

This will help you understand your child's IEP Meeting and help you prepare for it. The IEP meeting is important because it is a document that states what your child will learn and what supports your child will get. You and your child have rights; learn about them.

McKay Scholarship

The McKay Scholarship is for special needs students.  It gives them the opportunity to attend a participating private school.  The funds that would be given to the public school, are given to the private school instead. 

FYI Transition

A nice site, with loads of information about planning for graduation and your future. Catered towards students who have disabilities. Very user friendly- and we love the use of Site Pal!

NICHCY, National Dissemination Center

NICHCY provides a vast amount of information on:

1.  Disabilities to children and youth programs

2.  Services for infants

3.  IDEA- The special education law

4.  IEP's - Individual Education Plans

5.  Transitional Services

STAND- Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities

The purpose of STAND is to help parents who have a child with a disability to get appropriate education.  They have local chapters that provide for families.  STAND helps inform families of their rights. 

Central Florida Parent Center's AWARE Project

A federally-funded Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for thirty counties in central and northeast Florida.  They provide information, assistance, support, and training opportunities to parents of children with disabilities who are in special education.  They help parents to understand their children's diagnoses and also to understand the special education process and their very critical role in participating in the development of an individualized education program (IEP) for their child.   www.CFLparents.org

Sharing the Commitment

A collaborative project that has been created to foster effective partnerships between parents, schools, and the community. Along with the Exceptional Student Education Department, the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System (FDLRS), and the Family Network on Disabilities (FND) provide information, training and support to educators, parents, and agencies on services and programs for students with disabilities. Sharing the Commitment sponsors workshops for all persons interested in services for students with disabilities. Specially trained parents and teachers called Parent Educator Exceptional Resources (PEERs) are available to provide parents of students with disabilities with up-to-date information, resources and support.