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.