Q & A Corner - Issue #35

NASET Q & A Corner

Questions and Answers on Legal Requirements for Being a “Parent” Under Federal Law

Introduction

Perhaps the most important element afforded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) is the right to parental participation at almost all stages of the special education process. To increase the odds that each child has a parent in the special education process, IDEIA does define the term “parent” but does so in a broad way.  The focus of this issue of NASET’s Q & A Corner is on defining who is a parent and the guidelines mandated under the federal law, IDEIA.

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