Navigating the Special Education System


An Organization for Autism Research Guide

Life Journey through Autism: Navigating the Special Education System is designed as a resource for parents. Its purpose is to help parents assure that their child’s challenges are addressed with research-based interventions within the school setting. In order for parents to do so, they must have basic understanding of special education services, their child’s rights, and their own. This guide addresses topics such as:

  • Background on special education in the United States
  • An understanding of the laws and regulations about special education
  • An overview of the timeline of services
  • A detailed explanation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Tips and techniques for being an effective advocate
  • Sources and links that will help you identify specific state resources and find more in-depth information
  • Lists and definitions of terms that are frequently used in school systems

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