Services in the US Part II of VI - Special Education

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Special Education 

What is it? Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law mandating that children with disabilities receive access to general curriculum through accommodations. 

Who qualifies? Children ages 3-21 years old who have a disability covered by IDEA. 

What can they help me with? Children receive an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which is a legal document providing individualized teaching and access to other key resources (like speech therapy, adaptive P.E., and extended school year services/summer school) at no cost to families.  

How do I get in contact with them? If your child is already being served by your state’s early intervention program, then you will be guided through the transition process into your local school district before your child’s third birthday. If your child is not in early intervention, call your local school district’s special education department and ask for an evaluation for your child. 

Here is an article explaining the special education qualification process in detail.