Here are several important resources to help parents of children with special education needs:
Resolving Special Education Disputes in Vermont: A Guide for Parents
This guide from Vermont Legal Aid can help you decide how to resolve a dispute with the school district. It gives information and resources to help you advocate for your child. It answers frequently asked questions about special education dispute resolution in Vermont. It guides parents and families who are going through the dispute resolution process without the help of a lawyer. It lists organizations that may be able to provide additional assistance in resolving disputes about your child’s education.
Vermont Special Education Due Process (IHO) Decisions
This website provides information and forms for parents who disagree with a school's decision about a child's special education. It provides information about Vermont special education due process. Due process allows the student's side to be heard. Due process decisions are also called impartial hearing officer (IHO) decisions.
Vermont Family Network
The Vermont Family Network is a statewide network that provides families of children with any type of disability with information, training and assistance in the areas of education, health care, early intervention services, access to community resources, advocacy and parent to parent supports.
Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
The Vermont Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (VFFCMH) is a parent support organization that focuses primarily on the needs of children with emotional disabilities, including education and other community-based support services.
Department of Defense Education Directory for Children with Special Needs
This directory contains general information about early intervention and special education services available on or near military installations for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The directory has two components:
The Early Intervention Directory focusing on early intervention services for children birth through 3 years old
The School-Age Directory focusing on education services for children with special needs, 3 through 21 years old
The directory can and is used by any families who are transitioning with a school-age child, whether or not they have special needs. It assists families in identifying school districts (on or near the installation) responsible for the provision of educational services to military children. All the user has to do is select the state, and then the installation the sponsor will be assigned to in order to get a list of the early intervention agencies and school districts. Links then guide them to the appropriate websites for early intervention agencies, school districts and schools.