Commonly Asked Questions

What is an IEP?
An IEP is an Individualized Education Program. It is a document that is created for a student once it is determined that a student is eligible for special education services. The IEP is a written document, which is created at least annually at an IEP Team Meeting that is to include the child’s parents. An IEP should outline a program that is individually designed to meet that child’s unique needs.

What is the IDEA?
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that mandates the manner in which students with special education needs are to be evaluated, identified, and educated in a State if that State accepts the federal funding of the IDEA. All States accept that funding, and therefore are required to follow the IDEA. The IDEA details how local and State educational agencies are to provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

What is a Special Education Attorney?
A Special Education Attorney is a lawyer who is experienced in and familiar with the complex IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and other related federal and state laws that govern the rights of children with disabilities.

What is a Special Education Advocate?
A Special Education Advocate is a non-attorney professional who assists Parents of children with disabilities in understanding and accessing the special education system.

What is a 504 Plan?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. If a student has a disability and qualifies under Section 504, they receive a 504 Plan which outlines the accommodations the student requires in order to participate.

What are the categories of disabilities covered under the IDEA?
Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, Other health impairment. Your state might have other categories as well.

Account & Video Channel Questions

What does it cost to be a member of YSER?
Absolutely Nothing! Your Special Education Rights provides its website and video content at no cost to its members.

What does my membership include?
As a subscriber you have access to all the features the YSER community has to offer, including our exclusive social network & online community, the continuously expanding knowledgebase (and the ability to post your own articles, subject to administrator approval), our one-of-a-kind video library.

What sort of topics do the videos cover?
Video topics include everything from IEP 101 and IEP Basics, to topics on Bullying and many kinds of Crisis. Join our community for full access to the entire video channel!

Who are Jen and Julie?
Jen and Julie are parents, experts and advocates for children with special needs. Read more about their backgrounds and credentials on our About YSER page.

Social Network Questions

What is the YSER social network?
It is our exclusive & private online community of like-minded subscribers. Each member creates a user profile and provides as much or as little information about themselves as they feel comfortable with.Members can also create Groups within the online community. This means you can create, for example, a group of parents in your town, join a group of members within your school, or join a group of parents whose children have the same special education concerns. Members can post questions to Group Forums as well as answer other users’ questions.The online community is designed to help you connect to other parents, guardians, professionals and experts, and to create your own support network!

How do I access my profile?
At the very top of every page you will see a button for My Account. From this control panel, you can access all aspects of your membership profile, friend requests, groups and activity.If you prefer your profile and activity to be private, you must access your Privacy Settings and determine what you want to be public or private. You can provide as much or as little information in your profile as you wish.

How do I find groups to join?
Through the top control panel, there are quicklinks to see all of your groups, to join groups and create groups.

When I try to look at a member’s profile, it says their profile is Private. What does that mean?
Upon joining, you may choose to set your profile to Private rather than the default which is Public. Subscribers cannot see the profile of another member that has a Private profile unless they are accepted as Friends. This is to protect each members’ privacy, which is our first and foremost concern!

How do I use the Forum?
By clicking on the Forum button in the left sidebar, you can see all the Forum topics that members have posted. Topics may include discussions, questions, experiences, etc. and are open to public community response. You must be a member of a Group in order to post Form topics. You can also create your own Forum topic or search by keyword.