Education Rights

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

Browse through the statewide disability rights advocacy organization's publications, which cover many areas of the law.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Special education programs in California are governed by a combination of state and federal laws. Under these laws, school districts must provide each student with a disability with a free, appropriate public education (FAPE)

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

File a complaint about:
a. Employment,
b. Housing (including issues with apartment buildings, condos, Homeowners Associations and mobile home parks)
c. Airlines
d. Complaint does not involve Employment, Housing, or Airlines

This information describes the process for identifying the need for special education and the services and supports the school can provide if your child is found eligible to receive them.

Your rights to reasonable accommodation under the law.

This toolkit provides a roadmap for currently enrolled and potential students in California to develop their educational and career plan and navigate the educational landscape with a criminal record.

Procedural safeguards for parents by state/federal law.

The relevant legal rules in the state's laws.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Top 1 facts, rights and policies, self-advocacy, peer advocacy, activities, Person First Language, and resources.

Important rulings, resources and information about Diabetes Care in California Schools.

This Clearinghouse offers a variety of selected resources to help foster parents, kincare providers, child welfare workers, educators, CASAs and other professionals to provide effective services and supports for children with disabilities in foster care.

Information and advocacy guides for friends and caregivers.

Federal, state, and local programs are available to help you raise children who have disabilities.

Referral, assessment, eligibility, Individualized Education Program (IEP), placement, and annual review.

What are the responsibilities of the complainant, the local agency, and the California Department of Education?