The State of NJ site may contain optional links, information, services and/or content from other websites operated by third parties that are provided as a convenience, such as Google™ Translate. Google™ Translate is an online service for which the user pays nothing to obtain a purported language translation. The user is on notice that neither the State of NJ site nor its operators review any of the services, information and/or content from anything that may be linked to the State of NJ site for any reason. -Read Full Disclaimer
For children (ages 3 to 21) with intellectual or developmental disabilities, local school districts play a lead role in the provision of supports and services – a role that is rooted in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as corresponding New Jersey law.
Students with disabilities are entitled to Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Many children receive their education and related services “in-district” through their local schools. Others rely on “out-of-district” schools – public or private – in other parts of the State or possibly in another State, depending on the needs of the student, though to the maximum extent appropriate, students are educated with non-disabled peers. By law, parents have the right to participate in process of developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as members of the IEP team, if the child meets eligibility requirements for Special Education.
If you are concerned about a preschool child or student who may be developing or learning differently, contact the local school district where the child resides. Additionally, under IDEA, all states must have policies and procedures in in place requiring schools to locate, identify and evaluate students with disabilities for special education and related services
SPDR has a responsibility under federal statute and regulations to operate a system of general supervision that monitors the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) by local education agencies (LEAs).
SPDR develops the required under New Jersey State law. SPDR accepts petitions for mediations, due process hearings, and emergent relief.
The role of the Special Education Ombudsman is to serve as a resource to provide information and support to parents, students and educators regarding special education rights and services. Appointed by the Commissioner of Education, the ombudsman performs duties that include serving as a source of information for parents, students, educators and interested members of the public that helps them better understand state and federal laws and regulations governing special education. The ombudsman also provides information and support to parents of students with disabilities to help them understand and navigate the process for obtaining special education evaluations and services.