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History of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)

U.S. Department of Education

This resource from the U.S. Department of Education provides a helpful overview of the IDEA and progress made the last 25 years.

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About Pennsylvania's Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

PA Department of Education, Early Intervention

The SEAP advises the Secretary of Education and the Department of Edcuation on the needs of students with disabilities, corrective action plans and developing and implementing policies to improve coordination of services.

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About Special Education Plans

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Special Education

Each school district in Pennsylvania is required to create an action plan describing the special education programs and services provided within that particular school district.

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FAQs about students transitioning from Early Intervention programs

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Special Education

This fact sheet prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Education answers questions about students transitioning from Early Intervention programs to school-age programs.

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Additional resources about Special Education in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Special Education

This resource page created by the Pennsylvania Department of Education includes a staff directory, regulations and a complaint form (including English, Spanish complaint packets and forms).

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Parents' Rights: Understanding rights provided by IDEA

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Special Education

This brochure summarizes the rights of parents of children who receive or who may be eligible for special education services.

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Autism Support Groups

Autism Connection of Pennsylvania

Autism Support Groups in PA, listed alphabetically by county

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Include Me

Include Me

Include Me is a collection of three programs all about inclusive education for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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How to Plan (& Provide) for a Child with Special Needs

The Simple Dollar

What families can do now to prepare for their child’s financial future.

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Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.

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