Know your rights

When your family gets EarlySteps services, you have legal rights that protect your interests.

  • These rights are specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • The LDH is responsible for upholding them.

You will get information that explains your rights and what to do if you have a complaint.

Make sure you understand the rules about things like:

  • timelines and procedures as you go through the process

  • giving permission for each part, like the evaluation and the services

  • privacy of your medical and other records

  • filing complaints

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Call your Family Service Coordinator with any questions about your EarlySteps services!


Click on the link below to download the 14-page Family Rights handbook. It describes your rights in detail. (It might open in a new tab or window on your computer.)


Sources: LDH, The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center