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Massachusetts Advocates for Children Releases Special Education Rights Videos

Massachusetts Advocates for Children has released a series of informational videos on special education rights. Concise, straightforward, and available in English and Spanish, the videos are designed to help the parents understand their child’s legal rights and provide step-by-step instructions on how to ensure that those rights are protected. The videos are particularly geared towards families who are recent immigrants or have limited English proficiency who may find navigating the special education process especially challenging. Topics covered include:

• Requesting a school evaluation
Immigrants and special education
• Getting a qualified interpreter
• Getting documents in your language
Responding to the IEP, and
• Requesting a “second opinion” evaluation

The first video is below. The entire series is available in both English and Spanish. MLAC provides funding to Massachusetts Advocates for Children, whose mission is to “remove barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.”