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Newest Additions:

December 19, 2014  Disabilities/Specific Learning Disabilities  Added brief summary and link to 2008 OSEP Letter explaining that once identified, it would not be necessary to find a severe discrepancy between IQ and achievement in a new goal area before adding it.

December 12, 2014  Guy’s Log:  Added court case about student with a disability who was denied the right to play soccer because he had previously been taught in an out of state school..   For the parents.

December 5, 2014  Guy’s Log:  Two new court decisions, one regarding the deference courts must give SRO decisions, the other regarding exhaustion of remedies (both for the school systems.)

November 27, 2014  Guy’s Log:  What guidance is available in assisting schools in determining whether to serve slow learners who do no t qualify using a discrepancy formula under the IDEA as disabled under Section 504?

November 27, 2014  Spedlaw/OCR Guidance:  A Letter to Colleagues and an OCR FAQ regarding Effective Communication Rights under Section 504

November 26, 2014  Guy’s Log:  What happens when parents disagree about consents and services under the IDEA and 504?

November 18, 2014   Spedlinks:  Added a CDC link regarding preterm births under Parent Advocacy, Resources.

November 15, 2014:    Guy:’s Log  When is a school district responsible for evaluating a child parentally placed by his parent when FAPE is not an issue outside the school district?

This website has been designed to provide school psychologists (and those with an interest in school psychology) with testing tools, links to special educational resources, and a reference library including key publications and letters from the Office for Civil Rights,  the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,  the Office of Special Education Programs, and the Family Policy Compliance Office.

To understand the implications of special education law on school psychological practice, it is necessary to have a firm grasp of the basic principles that are promulgated through the federal regulations, interpreted by their respective federal agencies, and as enforced by the courts.  This website includes for easy reference the relevant federal regulations, some illustrative letters and guidelines we deemed especially worthy for republication, and some landmark court decisions. Addiitonally, current court decisions will be summarized with links in Guy’s Log, as often as is necessary (but usually at least twice monthly.)  

(For links to other websites with an expanded reference spedlaw library, see both the Spedlaw tab and the Sped Links tab above.)    

Additionally, this website provides a variety of documents and templates created by one or more of the editors on tests and measurements that we hope will be of interest both to the new and the experienced school psychologist.    

We continuously monitor the many links on our website.  Dead links are either deleted or updated.   Sometimes, however, we miss a link.   If you find a broken link, please bring it to the attention of the website administrator by sending an email to:   guymmcbride@gmail.com

 Also, if you have templates or other materials you would like to contribute, please send them to one of us for review.   See the Who We Are page for our email addresses.

Most of our links to media on our website are either to Microsoft Word or to Adobe Acrobat PDF files.   Readers of this website  can access a free Microsoft Word Viewer (a 2007 replacement for its older 2003 viewer) for reading, printing, or copying Word documents at:   Free Word Download

Some of our pages are divided into sections.   If so, a Table of Contents will appear at the top of the page.   Clicking on a line within the TOC will take you directly to that section.

Free Adobe Acrobat Readers for Windows may be downloaded at:  Adobe Acrobat Reader Be careful when installing to make sure the McAfee option is only checked if you want McAfee installed.  

There are additionally a few PowerPoints.  Microsoft also makes available a free PowerPoint Viewer which can be downloaded at:  Free PowerPoint Viewer Download