Resources to learn more

If you want to learn more, print out this booklet, or click on the button below for a list of other resources.

Or you can download it at the bottom of the page.


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These are helpful resources to help you learn more about special education.

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Booklets and Fact Sheets

The Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA

  • 3-page description of the steps in the process


A Parents' Guide to Special Education

  • This 37-page booklet is written for parents and describes the process in detail.

  • By the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Mass. Dept. of Education

  • Also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards

  • Official rules and processes, 15 pages

  • (Also in other languages!)

Individualized Education Plans

  • A 20-page easy-to read guide about IEPs, with lots of pictures

  • From Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)


A Family Guide to Transition Service in Massachusetts

  • A 44-page family-friendly guide about the process of transitioning to adulthood


IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides 

  • Five 8-page booklets about different parts of the process

  • From The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution In Special Education (CADRE)


Dispute Resolution Process Comparison Chart

  • Also from CADRE (See above)




The Parent Page from the Massachusetts Department of Education Website

  • This will lead you to many other resources


Center for Parent Information and Resources

  • This website is for parents and has all kinds of helpful information. This link goes to the IEP page, but you can click on Resources at the top and find other topics.


The Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Offers support, training and help for families and providers of children with special needs



Organizations in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Family TIES

  • Offers all kinds of support for parents of children with special needs: parent groups, workshops, personal support and more. Call them to ask any question! 1-800-905-TIES (8437)


The Arc of Massachusetts

  • Advocacy, education and support for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities; see the list of local chapters



See our Resource Directory for more organizations!