Educational Rights Resources 

Get in-depth information about educational rights for your child and how to set up a 504 plan or IEP. 

Understanding educational rights for a child with arthritis can be confusing. As a parent, you want to be the best advocate for your child to ensure school success. These resources offer valuable advice and information so you can better inform yourself as you begin the 504 plan or IEP process for your child.  

Where can you find more information or get assistance? The following websites can provide you with valuable information and resources as you begin your 504 or IEP process.

  • ProjectPencil.Com is an NIH-funded website that provides parents and teachers comprehensive and easy-to-follow information to help children with chronic illnesses succeed academically and socially.  
  • is a national nonprofit whose mission is to guide parents to become effective champions of their children’s education. The site includes information on legal rights and advocacy for special education.
  • The Center For Parent Information and Resources (formerly the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) provides parents and educators with information about disabilities, legal protections and effective educational practices.
  • Office of Civil Rights ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. This is the site to file a formal complaint for violation of federal education protections.
  • State Education Agency Directory provides contact information for the departments of education and special education offices in each state as well as for disability-related and parent support organizations.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities is a national organization that connects parents, guardians and educators with resources and evidence-based tools, and engages advocates in public policy initiatives.
  • provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
  • provides health information for parents and children, including information about 504 plans and IEPs, their purposes and their processes.
  • The Association on Higher Education and Disability is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Postsecondary Education department administers programs to increase access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

    *This information is provided for self-education and should not be construed as legal advice.
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