Special education exists only because parents fought for it. They fought for their children to be allowed into schools– and continue to fight to ensure that their children receive a quality education.

Of course, since all of those fights were in the courts and in the halls of legislatures, that means that special education is an incredibly complex, incredibly legal field.

The complexity of the paperwork means that many parents never fully understand their rights and many teachers never how special education is actually supposed to look.

So here is an overview of the law for teachers and parents alike.