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DRP offers a number of self-advocacy guides.

These guides may provide useful general information to help you in advocating for yourself or someone else with a disability. These guides are not a substitute for individualized, fact-specific legal advice. These guides may also be helpful for providers of services to people with disabilities.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Eligibility

Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva Tribunales Y Abogados

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Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva De Recibir Servicios Por Discapacidad Intelectual

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Medical Settings (Sign Language Video)

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in Medical Settings

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Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva En El Trabajo

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People at Work (Sign Language Video)

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People at Work

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Police and Jails (Sign Language Video)

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Entertainment

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Police and Jails

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Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva En El Entretenimiento

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Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva Policia Y Carcels

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People to Get ID Services (Sign Language Video)

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Right of People Who Are Deaf and Deaf/Blind to Effective Communication in Women’s Shelters and Other Services for Any Victim of Domestic Violence

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People to Get ID Services

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Courts and Lawyers (video)

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Courts and Lawyers

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Derechos De Las Personas Sordas Y Con Dificultad Auditiva En El Entretenimiento

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Rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People With Entertainment (video)

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Education

Accessible Instructional Materials for Students with Disabilities

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Chapter 14 and 15: A Comparison of Special Education Rights (This side-by-side quick reference guide, published by the PA Department of Education, is intended to help you understand your child's special education rights under both state law (left column) and federal law (right column). The state law column contains provisions in addition to the federal regulations adopted by reference, for the delivery of special education to students and eligible young children. Please note that this side-by-side document does not include a complete version of the federal regulations.)

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Children With Disabilities Living in Out-of-Home Placements: Educational Programs for Students in Non-Educational Placements: This Basic Education Circular (BEC) written by the Pennsylvania Department of Education provides information about the obligations school districts have to children living in residential placements.

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Children with Disabilities who are Bullied or Harassed at School

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Early Intervention (EI) for Infants and Toddlers (birth through age 2)

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Enrolling in School: A Step-by-Step Guide on Enrolling a Child in Public School: This guide was written by the Education Law Center and provides a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to enroll a child in public school in Pennsylvania.

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Enrolling in School: Enrollment of Students: This Basic Education Circular written by the Pennsylvania Department of Education provides information about what is needed to enroll a student in school and what a school district’s obligations are upon receiving required enrollment items.

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Enrolling in School: Going to School in Pennsylvania: This is a one-page, easy-to-read guide on how to enroll in school written by the Juvenile Law Center.

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Graduation and Transition to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities - link to National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

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Graduation and Transition to Adulthood: Developing an IEP Plan - A Toolkit to Help Pennsylvania Youth Prepare for IEP Meetings

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Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR): ODR provides the resources for parents and educational agencies to resolve educational disputes for children served by the early intervention system, students who are gifted (or thought to be gifted), and students with disabilities (or thought to have disabilities).

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ODR ConsultLine: ODR has a ConsultLine, a toll-free information help line for parents and advocates of children with disabilities who have questions or concerns about the education of a school-aged child.

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ODR Resources for Parents and Families: ODR collaborated with parent advocacy organizations (PEAL Center, HUNE, and Mission Empower) to create resources to help families access special education information. The new publication and videos can be viewed at:

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Other Helpful Educational Resources

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Should I Graduate This Year? A Guide for Students Who Receive Special Education

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Special Education for School-Age Children (age 3 to graduation or age 21)

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Truancy: Truancy and School Attendance in Pennsylvania: This fact sheet from the Education Law Center answers frequently asked questions about truancy issues.

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Truancy: Truancy Law Fact Sheet: This fact sheet from the Education Law Center, explains Pennsylvania’s truancy law, focusing on the rights of families and obligations and roles of schools, courts, and children and youth agencies.

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Truancy: Truancy Reduction Toolkit: The Pennsylvania School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction Toolkit is designed to provide resources and strategies for educators, child welfare professionals and court personnel to effectively address truancy in their local community. The toolkit is web-based in order to enable updates and changes in the future as required by any changes in the School Code.  

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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Infants and Toddlers who are Newly Diagnosed with a Disability

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