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Special Education Eligibility

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

March 2014 | 152 pages | Corwin
This timely resource shows teachers and administrators how to work effectively with students who have disabilities and to provide the appropriate educational services and interventions to help them be successful and productive in school. Special Education Eligibility: A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators provides educators with foundational information about the classifications of disabilities as defined by IDEIA (Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act of 2004). The authors examine prevalence, determining presence, knowing characteristics, providing procedures and assessment measures, and making appropriate eligibility decisions before, during, and after an IEP (Individual Education Program) meeting. Based on the current federal law and regulations, this practical tool also offers suggestions on working with families and collaborating with other educators and service providers. This text includes a glossary of special education terms and acronyms and gives general information on each disability as identified by IDEIA.
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


Roger Pierangelo

Roger Pierangelo is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University. He has been an administrator of special education programs and served for eighteen years as a permanent member of Committees on Special Education. He has over thirty years of experience in the public school system as a general education classroom teacher and school psychologist, and is a consultant to numerous private and public schools, PTAs, and SEPTA groups. Pierangelo has also been an evaluator for the New York State Office of Vocational and Rehabilitative Services and a director of a private clinic. He is a New... More About Author

George A. Giuliani

George Giuliani is an assistant professor at Hofstra University's School of Education and Allied Health and Human Services, in the Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education, and Rehabilitation. He is the executive director of the National Association of Special Education Professionals, president of the National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE), vice-president of the National Association of Special Education Teachers, and an educational consultant for various school districts. He has provided numerous workshops for parents and teachers on a variety of special education and psychological topics... More About Author