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Special Education Eligibility

Special Education Eligibility
A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

March 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"This book will be a huge resource to classroom teachers as they look to consider recommending students for evaluation."
—Pamela Wall, Teacher
Mauldin Elementary School, Simpsonville, NC

Use these clear guidelines for determining students' eligibility for special education services.

Understanding the criteria and process for determining a student's eligibility for special education services is critical for any educator in an inclusive school environment. Based on the current reauthorization of IDEA 2004, this timely resource offers teachers and administrators an overview of each eligible disability and clear, specific guidelines for evaluating students.

Written by legal and special education experts Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani, this reader-friendly text helps educators identify the characteristics of disabilities, establish procedures and assessment measures, and make appropriate eligibility decisions before, during, and after an individualized education program (IEP) meeting.

With chapters organized by specific disability, this practical tool includes a quick-reference glossary and:

  • Presents detailed and accessible information based on the most up-to-date legal resources
  • Addresses response to intervention (RTI) techniques for assessing students with learning difficulties
  • Offers recommendations for working with families, educators, and service providers

Special Education Eligibility is an ideal guidebook for working effectively with students who have disabilities and providing them with the most appropriate educational services to promote their success.

About the Authors
1. Overview of Special Education and Eligibility Procedures
2. Autism
3. Deaf-Blindness
4. Developmental Delay
5. Emotional Disturbance
6. Hearing Impairment
7. Specific Learning Disabilities
8. Mental Retardation
9. Multiple Disabilities
10. Orthopedic Impairment
11. Other Health Impairments
12. Speech and Language Impairments (Communication Disorders)
13. Traumatic Brain Injury
14. Visual Impairment
References and Suggested Readings

"This book will be a huge resource to classroom teachers as they look to consider recommending students to A-teams for evaluation."


Pamela Wall, Teacher
Mauldin Elementary School, Simpsonville, NC

“A must-have for any school or district administrator who deals with special education questions.”

Principal Magazine, May/June 2008
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Candidates use this text as an additional text in their professional skills/IEP planning course.

Professor Neria Sebastien
Education, Walla Walla University
October 16, 2019

Excellent resource for principal candidates

Dr Michael Boyle
Curr Instruction Ed Psych Dept, Loyola University-Watertower
December 16, 2014
Key features
  • Provides a practical overview of each disability based on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) of 2004
  • Each chapter, organized by disability, provides the characteristics of the disorder, discusses the procedures and assessment measures educators should consider, and how eligibility should be determined 
  • Offers a quick reference glossary of the frequently most used terms used in special education
  • Presents concrete, specific, yet clear information to educators and families based on the most up-to-date information on the  law (co-author Giuliani is a lawyer as well as an educator)
  • Addresses Response to Intervention (RTI), an important new technique in determining eligibility for students with learning difficulties


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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