Family & Legal Resources

Special Education Family and Community Resources

IDOE Annual Special Education Survey: The Indiana Department of Education asks families and parents to complete an annual survey after their child's Annual Case Review (ACR) to monitor how effectively schools support parent involvement in the special education process. Please find survey links and a letter describing the survey below.

    Please send completed paper surveys to:
    Office of Special Education - Parent Survey
    Indiana Government Center North, 9th floor
    100 N. Senate Ave.
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    If you need assistance completing the survey, please contact the Indiana Office of Special Education at 317-232-0570. Select option 2 and follow the prompts to "general questions about special education" or "federal indicator monitoring".

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation, and ensures special education and related services to those children that qualify through a school-based evaluation. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Indiana Code

General information about special education laws may be found at IC 20-35. More detailed information can be found in Article 7 of title 511 of the Indiana Administrative Code (see information below).

Article 7

511 IAC 7-32 through 49, commonly referred to "Article 7," contains Indiana's special education rules. Article 7 is Indiana's execution of the federal IDEA. Article 7 includes the most recent updates as of May 2019.

IDOE Parent Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English) 

        Notice is available in additional languages here: IDOE Laws and Resources

Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way through Indiana’s Special Education Rules (2019)

One page Summary of Procedural Safeguards