ADMISSION, REVIEW AND DISMISSAL (ARD)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the federal law that governs the special education process. The term “special education” means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Under the IDEA, parents are ensured equal participation at every stage of the process. This resource guide is designed to give you, as the parent of a child who may be eligible for special education services, a better understanding of the special education process and of your procedural rights and responsibilities so that you will be able to fully participate in the decision-making process regarding your child’s education.
Allen ISD Special Services makes every effort to reach consensus by the conclusion of each ARD meeting. However, in the rare occasion that consensus does not occur, a Special Services Coordinator will attend the continuation ARD following a 10 day recess. If consensus is still not achieved, the parent will then be offered a meeting using a district level ARD Facilitator to assist the committee in resolving the dispute.