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New Jersey Special Education Statistics

Many parents in New Jersey worry that asking for special help for children with disabilities means pulling those children out of regular school and separating them from friends and classmates. However, the vast majority of students in New Jersey receiving special education benefits still spend a substantial portion of the typical school week in a general education classroom. This is because the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) directs educational institutions to include children with disabilities in regular school activities to the greatest extent possible while still adequately addressing their special needs. According to 2012 statistics provided by the New Jersey Department...

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Your IEP Team

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the centerpiece of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA). However, establishing an IEP that is truly beneficial to your child requires not only your involvement but also the diligent work of a team of appropriate professionals with the skill and firsthand knowledge necessary to form a workable and beneficial education plan for your child. The composition of an IEP team can vary from child to child. New Jersey has certain minimum requirements concerning who must be present at IEP meetings: • At least one general education teacher if the child’s plan is to include...

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Higher Education Issues for Children with Disabilities

If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you know you must be vigilant when it comes to protecting their best interests. Even as you struggle with the day-to-day challenges of ensuring your child receives the education and life skills needed, you are probably also looking to the future and wondering how your child can manage after moving on to higher education. Fortunately, there are legal protections in place to help. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) guarantees certain special education benefits to children with physical or mental disabilities that prevent them from receiving the full...

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