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Education and Disability Clinic: Resources

This guide will help students locate and use resources for representing clients in education and disability cases.

What is an IEP?

The U.S. Department of Education's Guide to the Individualized Education Program provides a useful overview of IEPs. Sections include:

  • A 10-step process schools follow for determining whether a student is eligible for special education, and if so, for developing and implementing an IEP
  • Options when parents have a disagreement with the IEP (including school meetings, mediation, due process, and state complaints) 
  • Federal regulations for IEPs, organized by topic

How to Write and Advocate for Effective IEPs

California Early Start for Infants and Toddlers

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act also extends to infants and toddlers under Part C.  Similar to an IEP, an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) provides services to children with disabilities aged 0-3. In San Diego, IFSPs are jointly administered by San Diego Regional Center and the San Diego Unified School District. 

California-Specific Resources for Writing IEPs

Resources on IEPs for Children with Disabilities
California Department of Education resources to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities.

Training on Writing IEPs Based on State Standards
Self-paced training materials, updated to the implementing regulations of IDEA. Provides information on how to write IEPs, with goals tied to standards, that are student-focused and measurable.


San Diego Resources

Regional Centers are nonprofit private corporations located throughout California that contract with DDS to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. The San Diego Regional Center serves our area; intake processes are outlined on the SDRC website.


The San Diego Unified School District provides special education and related services to students.