Special Education - Parental Resources

This page highlights the topics and links from other sections of the department Web site that are of particular interest and are intended to provide information, resources and support to parents, guardians and families of children with disabilities. The resources below are presented alphabetically.
  English Language Learners in Vermont: Distinguishing Language Difference from Disability - A Resource Guide
Prepared by a broad coalition of interested groups and individuals, this document is intended to supplement the department's 1994 publication, Serving Students Learning English as a Second Language: A Guide for Vermont Educators, that addressed the provision of basic educational services to English Language Learners (ELLs). This new resource guide intends to improve services for ELLs by offering a wide range of information, analysis and resources designed to address significant issues that arise when educators and families realize that a student may need, in addition to ELL services, special education services.
  Guidelines for Making Decisions About IEP Service
This booklet offers guidance for making decisions about IEP services for students who have disabilities and who are eligible for special education services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education and related services may include occupational therapy, physical therapy and psychological services. These guidelines are based on IDEA, Vermont regulations and research-based practices.

Mediation, Due Process and Administrative Complaints
Parents of a child receiving special education services who disagree with decisions made by the school regarding a child's identification, eligibility, evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) or placement have three options available for resolving disputes with the school. These options include mediation, due process hearing and administrative complaint:


Parents' Rights in Special Education (Proceduaral Safeguards Notice)(Updated 6/14/10)
Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and Vermont Agency of Education's Special Education rules, parents have specific rights concerning their participation in the special education process. This booklet is designed to inform parents of those rights and provide a list of available resources.

  • List of Available Resources
    This document contains a list of available resources that parents and families may access to support students who receive special education supports and services.
  • Available Translations
    This document is available in the following languages: Bosnian, Nepali, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese. Translations in Arabic, French and Swahili will be available in the near future. Contact Ernie Wheeler at ernest.wheeler@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1252.
  Special Education Forms
This series of nine forms is used to evaluate children age six through 21 years of age to determine their eligibility for special education services, including an individualized education program (IEP) form to develop a document of appropriate services, if the child is eligible.
  Special Education Guide
Vermont's special education regulations and other pertinent regulations related to special education are contained in various sections of the Vermont State Board Manual of Rules and Practices. This guide brings all references to special education related rules together in a single document.   
  Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAAP) Forms
View forms that are required for application for the Vermont Alternate Assessment. Collectively, these document the team’s readiness and intentions to provide data-based instruction and assessment of student progress in up to three content areas - reading, math and science.

Vermont Family Network (VFN)
Founded in 1992, the VFN is a statewide network of support and information for families who have a child with special needs or disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

  • Response to Intervention: A Guide for Parents
    The Vermont Family Network (VFN) works with the Vermont Agency of Education to bring families information about Response to Intervention (RtI) and its potential benefits for children and schools. RtI is a general education process of instruction, assessment, and intervention that holds great promise for more effectively and efficiently addressing the needs of all learners in our schools. Through early identification of students at risk, RtI can increase student success and decrease the number of students identified with specific learning disabilities in need of special education. In Vermont, RtI is currently being implemented in an increasing number of schools. This guide provides information for parents about RtI, with specific examples of how Response to Intervention is being implemented in Vermont. For questions about this document, contact Christine Kilpatrick at (800) 800-4005, ext. 206 or christine.kilpatrick@vtfn.org.

  • Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (VTPBiS) Guide for Parents
    The Vermont Family Network (VFN) works with the department to bring families information about VTPBiS and the many benefits for children and schools. VTPBiS is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence based practices for improving academic and behavioral outcomes for ALL students. This guide provides information for parents about VTPBiS, with specific examples of how parents and families can participate in this process. VTPBiS is being implemented in several Vermont schools, to varying degrees; from awareness and readiness levels to full implementation that includes school wide planning, to small group interventions, to individual plans. For questions about this document, contact Christine Kilpatrick at (800) 800-4005, ext. 206 or christine.kilpatrick@vtfn.org.

  Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices (Rule Series 2360) 

Page Last Updated on July 27, 2015