An important part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the protection of the rights of parents and students while providing a free appropriate public education. These protections are called procedural safeguards and they include specific guidelines for the special education process. They guarantee parent involvement in their child's education and provide a procedure to follow, called due process, when there are conflicts over the recommendations of the school district.

The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources to help families find the special education supports they need.