The PEAL Center
Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
412-281-4404 (Pittsburgh)
215-567-6143 (Philadelphia)
866-950-1040 Toll Free
412-281-4409 TTY

Help Topics

Educational Right & IEPs

Special Education Law and Regulations
  • Side-By-Side Comparison of Chapter 14 and Chapter 15
  • Educational Rights
    The Rights Done Right: The Procedural Safeguards in Plain Language

    Video Vignettes produced by the PEAL Center with funds from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

  • Right to Give Consent or Refuse Consent
  • Right to Participate
  • Right to Receive Prior Written Notice
  • Right to Receive an Independent Educational Assessment
  • Right to Confidentiality
  • Right to Amend Student Records
  • Right to File a Complaint
  • Right to Be Informed of School Discipline Policy
  • Right to Receive a Non-Discriminatory Assessment
  • Right to Be Informed of Policies Regarding Children in Private Schools
  • Right to Mediation and to Stay in Current Program
  • Right to Request a Due Process Hearing
  • Eligibility

    A set of resources to help you understand eligibility.

  • "Did You Know" - Eligible for Services Until Age 21 (YouTube video)
  • Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

    A set of resources to help you understand FAPE.

  • "Did You Know" - FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) (YouTube video)
  • Dispute Resolution
    IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides

    Inividualized Education Plans (IEPs)
    Annotated IEP Forms

    IEP Goals

    A set of resources to help you understand IEP goals.

  • Developing a Strong IEP (Online miniseries training course)
  • "Did You Know" - IEP Goals (YouTube video)
  • IEP Changes

    A set of resources to help you understand IEP changes.

  • "Did You Know" - IEP Changes (YouTube video)
  • Extended School Year (ESY)

    A set of resources to help you understand ESY.

  • "Did You Know" - ESY (Extended School Year) (YouTube video)
  • Lunchbox Learning Webinar on Extended School Year (ESY) (audio file)
  • Lunchbox Learning Webinar on Extended School Year (ESY) (PDF document)
  • When is your child with a disability entitled to ESY services? (PDF document)
  • ESY Booklet (PDF document)