Students with disabilities and their families face a complex maze of policies and procedures when seeking the education and services they are legally entitled. Through our research, the Center has found that navigating special education within the charter system can be particularly daunting and many families are not aware of their children’s right to attend a charter school. That’s why we seek opportunities to better understand the factors influencing family choices related to where their children attend school through research projects that include family surveys and targeted family groups.
While not a family advocacy organization, the Center aims to support families and organizations that partner with families in becoming informed about their options and rights. Several of our recent projects can provide valuable insight for families. Additionally, our Know Your Rights guides are designed to give families a base level of knowledge regarding the rights of students with disabilities.