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Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities
These pamphlets help parents of children in Florida's school districts understand the rights that go along with programs for students with disabilities. They summarize federal and state laws on how your rights must be protected relating to notice, consent, independent educational evaluation, records, hearings, and appeals. These procedural safeguards apply for children with disabilities.

 

All copies of Procedural Safeguards are in Adobe Acrobat format.

 

A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities in English can be downloaded here. This document is formatted to be printed on front and back if you printer can be configured to print on both sides.

 

A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities in Spanish can be downloaded here. This document is formatted to be printed on front and back if you printer can be configured to print on both sides.

 

 

A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students with Disabilities in Creole can be downloaded here. This document is formatted to be printed on front and back if you printer can be configured to print on both sides.

 

Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Students who are Gifted

This pamphlet help parents of children in Florida’s school districts understand the rights that go along with programs for students in the Gifted Education program. It summarizes federal and state laws on how your rights must be protected relating to notice, consent, independent educational evaluation, records, hearings, and appeals. These procedural safeguards apply for children in Gifted Education.

 

A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Exceptional Students Who Are Gifted in English can be downloaded here.

 

A copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Exceptional Students Who Are Gifted in Spanish can be downloaded here.

 

McKay Scholarship Information

Florida's school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 30,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2014-15 school year. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

 

To transfer to another Public School please fill out the following Highlands County Form:

 

More information about the McKay Scholarship can be found at Your Florida Department of Education website http://www.fldoe.org/schools/school-choice/k-12-scholarship-programs/mckay/

 

To view the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program Pamphlet click here.

 

 

Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook
The 2005 Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook can be found at http://FACTS.org under Advising Manuals. For those who desire a desk copy of the document, there is the option to download and print a PDF version of the Handbook; however, those who use a printed version are encouraged to check the Web periodically for updates. The "red" scroll at the top of the page offers directions for locating the handbook.

 

Did you know that you might qualify for a FREE
telephone from the State of Florida?

Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is the Regional Distribution Center for Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., a program that furnishes free phones for Florida residents who have trouble hearing. You can call them to schedule an appointment to go by their Center and pick up your free phone.

 

If you or anyone in your family wears a hearing aids or has trouble hearing on the phone and if you are a resident of Florida, a free phone is available to you!

 

Call to set up your FTRI Appointment! 863-686-3189 and ask for Dana Hardaker.

 

Central Florida Speech &Hearing Center has a web site at http://www.CFSHC.org

 

Online Sunshine for kids
This interactive website is a great way for children of all ages to learn  important facts about Florida's rich history, unique culture and wonderful people. The site is designed primarily for elementary-aged children.  The site includes links to games and puzzles, fun facts, and a capitol tour along with information about legislators. This site is found at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/kids

 

Free Interagency Park Access Pass
A great benefit from the National Park Service & U.S. Department of the Interior is a free lifetime pass available to U. S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. Pass is available only in-person at entrances or visitor centers at a participating Federal recreation site or office. More information may be obtained at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) web site. http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html

 

Notable Links

Florida Department of Education launches new web. The site is at http://www.fldoe.org/. The new web offers portals for students, educators, administrators and staff, families and communities.

 

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test information, Accommodations information, Alternate Assessment information can all be found at http://www.fldoe.org/ese/fcatasd.asp

 

The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System offers a wealth of information at http://www.paec.org/fdlrsweb/index.htm.

 

SUNLINK is funded by the Florida Department of Education by a grant to the College of Education at the University of Central Florida and has great resources here at http://www.sunlink.ucf.edu.

 

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has recently launched a new Web site, http://www.recognitionandresponse.org. This Web site is a one-stop shop for information on the Recognition & Response System. For those of you unfamiliar with the Recognition & Response system, it is an emerging early childhood practice designed to help parents and teachers respond to learning difficulties in young children who may be at risk for learning disabilities as early as possible.

 

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