PHOENIX (KVOA) – The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) awarded a grant to the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) to create and implement a Special Education Advocacy Project (SEAP), have they announced Tuesday in a press release. The project will aim to improve access to appropriate special education services for Arizona students with developmental disabilities (DD) with a particular focus on students with DD who have been affected by the placement systems. in Arizona foster care or juvenile justice, he said. SEAP will provide training on knowing your rights to students and their caregivers, enabling them to effectively self-represent within the special education system.
The project will also provide individualized advocacy services, such as telephone consultations, attendance at Individual Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings and mediations, as well as assistance with dispute resolution in matters of special education. Finally, SEAP will develop and publish educational material and resources relating to the special education system. All services provided are free and accessible by visiting www.azdisabilitylaw.org or by contacting us at 1-800-927-2260.
According to the press release, ACDL is circulating valuable information on the unique challenges these populations face in special education:
· Identify the “parent” in “parental consent” to improve the results of young people placed in special education: https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/identifying-parent-parental-consent-improve-outcomes-foster-youth-special-education/
Special education for students in detention centers, prisons and prisons
o IDEA rights and protections: https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/special-education-students-detention-centers-prisons-jails-idea-rights-protections/
o Who is responsible? : https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/2226-2/
The Arizona Center for Disability Law is a non-profit law firm that helps Arizonans with disabilities promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice and equality.
The Arizona Developmental Disorders Planning Council is responsible for advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities that promote the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout their lives.