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Special Education Rights & Resources

For students with disabilities in South Dakota.


Special Education Guides

Students with disabilities have a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). These special education guides provide information on the IEP process/other important things to know about special education in South Dakota. Learn about how to best advocate for your student here. 

When Behavior is a Concern...A Guide for Parents of School Age Children


What Parents Should Know...About Special Education in South Dakota


Dare to Dialogue... Reach YES!


COVID-19 & Special Education

This information sheet answers questions about your child’s special education rights during the pandemic and how to best advocate for your child during this time.

COVID-19 & Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities


Transfer of Rights

Learn about the transfer rights of students with disabilities when they turn 18.

Guide for Students

Guide for Parents


Alternatives to Guardianship


Transition

iTransitionSD App

This app is for students with disabilities with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), ages 14 and older. The app produces a “Draft Transition Plan,” for you to use in your IEP. 

iTransition app

TSLP Catch the Wave Manual

This document is designed to help students, families and IEP team members to improve their knowledge of postsecondary disability issues, and ultimately, to improve the success rate of students with disabilities in those settings.

Catch the Wave Transition Manual

The Rights of Students Transitioning from High School


Special Education Programs

Staying Up to Date with Special Education Programs

Special Education Programs maintains several listservs.  The main Special Education listserv can be subscribed to at:

Main Special Education Listserv

Messages sent on the listserv will include program information and upcoming trainings. Special Education maintains these additional topical listservs as well:

Special Ed Transition

Alternate Assessment

MTSS

Birth to Three


Other Resources

DDD Resource & Planning Guide

"The purpose of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Resource & Planning Guide is to provide uniform direction for family members, caregivers and advocates of individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability to plan and prepare for the attainment of the person’s Good Life." Find the link to the guide under "Division Highlights."

DDD Resource & Planning Guide

Restraint and Seclusion - Explainer Video