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New Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Contact:     Allison Beard                   
​(202) 833-0779                

Free Legal Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Providing Guidance on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Washington, DC, December 1, 2015—The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is pleased to announce the release of their newest resource for consumers. AHLA’s A Handbook for Parents: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (available for free download at helps parents and those caring for children with disabilities to better understand a child’s right to the numerous benefits afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

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“When an infant or child is diagnosed with a disability, the future can feel daunting and overwhelming for the caretaker,” says Lois Dehls Cornell, AHLA Board President. “AHLA’s Handbook for Parents will help them get started on becoming the best advocate for their children.” IDEA provides federal funding to states and local school districts so that infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-age children with disabilities can receive early intervention, special education, and related services. 

The Handbook provides guidance on the most frequently asked questions raised by IDEA, such as:
  • What are my rights as a parent?
  • How will my baby be evaluated for developmental delay?
  • What is an Individualized Education Program and how is it created?
  • Does IDEA apply to my college-aged child?
AHLA is proud to provide such a useful resource as part of our Public Interest mission made possible through the generous donations of AHLA members. You can download this important resource for free at


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