• A Guide to the Special Education Process (Updated May 2016)

    This document gives full details of the process starting from requesting a referral to the child study team, to developing an initial Individualized Education Plan (IEP), to ongoing implementation and adjustments to the IEP.  

    This edition of the Guide is the product of collaborative efforts between parents/guardians of students with special needs, represented by the South Orange-Maplewood Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC), and the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services. 

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    This document has been developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, in an effort to provide comprehensive and up­-to-­date information. The document is periodically revised to reflect changes in the law, provide additional information that would be of use, and to provide the information in a more clear and concise manner.