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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Priorities > Special Education Special Education

Due to increased emphasis on school discipline, students with disabilities are at increased risk of termination or reduction of their educational services. Students, parents and advocates need information and support to enable them to effectively self advocate. There are also school systems that exhibit ongoing violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Article 7.

Following are objectives that IPAS staff will pursue in order to increase the number of special education students that receive a free and appropriate public education:

Review allegations on behalf of students where the school, due to a proposed or instituted change of educational placement or suspension or expulsion, has or will reduce educational services and advocate for the restoration of services provided in the least restrictive environment.

Review allegations on behalf of students where the school is not providing appropriate educational services.

Develop and disseminate transition materials to transition aged students, aged 14 years through 22 years, in Indiana school districts.