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Special Education Pro Bono Attorney Training Manual

Below you will find Children’s Law Center’s comprehensive Special Education Training Manual, broken up into its component tabs, which you can download individually at the bottom of the page.

Please note: Identifying information included in any of the following documents have either been redacted or replaced to protect the confidentiality of our clients.

The introduction includes a manual table of contents, the Healthy Together Project staff contacts, and frequently asked questions.

Tab 1 – Sample Client Documents
Tab 1 includes sample retainers and releases in both English and Spanish.

Tab 2 – Special Education Law
Tab 2 includes relevant Special Education statutes, regulations, case law, and new legislation.

Tab 3 – OSSE Policies
Tab 3 includes relevant policies from the Office of the State Superintendent.

Tab 4 – DCPS Policies
Tab 4 includes relevant policies from District of Columbia Public Schools.

Tab 5 – Accessing Services: Early Intervention
Tab 5 includes information on early intervention services for children ages 0-3.

Tab 6 – Accessing Services: Ages 3 and older
Tab 6 includes information on services for children ages 3 and older.

Tab 7 – Evaluations
Tab 7 includes sample evaluations for special education services.

Tab 8 – Eligibility
Tab 8 includes fact sheets on eligibility for special education services.

Tab 9 – The IEP
Tab 9 includes relevant information about the Individualized Education Plan and includes sample Individualized Education Plans.

Tab 10 – Placements
Tab 10 includes lists of different school, placement, and program options for students.

Tab 11 – Missing Services/Compensatory Education
Tab 11 includes a compensatory education authorization.

Tab 12 – Building a Case/Gathering Information
Tab 12 includes information and general questions on school observation.

Tab 13 – Litigating a Special Education Case
Tab 13 includes information and sample documents for litigating a special education case.

Tab 14 – Discipline
Tab 14 includes information on DCPS discipline policy and regulations.

Tab 15 – 504 Plans
Tab 15 includes information about 504 plans under Title II of the Rehabilitation act; including law, DCPS forms, and a sample 504 plan.

Tab 16 – Bullying
Tab 16 includes information about Bullying Prevention Policies.

Tab 17 – Other Info
Tab 17 includes other relevant information for special education cases.