Laws for special education

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The law that provides people with a free appropriate public education is the Individuals with Disabilities Act. It was last updated in 2004. It emphasizes special education services and related services to help educate your child based on their unique needs and prepare them for further education, future employment or independent living. It is public expense, therefore it must comply with state standards and your child's IEP. However, parents should be aware that the law provides for an appropriate education, not the best. The best is a four-letter word. What I mean is if you go into your child's IEP and you say to your Vice President and your school, I want the best education for my child, the school's going to reply, and say, your child's only entitled to an appropriate education. And that is correct. Because under IDEA, it states, "free appropriate public education."

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Dennise Goldberg

IEP Expert & President of Gold Standard Advocates

Dennise Goldberg is the owner of Special Education Advisor, a community of parents, educators, and special education service providers dedicated to helping families with children who have special needs understand their special education rights and receive appropriate special education services. Dennise also works as a Special Education Advocate in Southern California through her company, Gold Standard Advocates.  In this capacity she has helped children with all forms of disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. She is also the mother of a beautiful 11-year old boy who has dealt with developmental delays, apraxia of speech, fine motor delays, sensory issues, gross motor delays, and now has a learning disability (auditory processing disorder).

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