If you think your child needs more support, here's what you can do:
Call your school district's Special Education Department. (Sometimes it's called Exceptional Student Services, or ESS.) Tell them about your child and ask how to start the process of qualifying. The first step is to get a pupil appraisal.
NOTE: If your child goes to a private school, the school will NOT be in charge of special education services. They can still help, but for official services from your town you must go through the public school department.
Write down some specific ideas about why your child needs specialized services. You'll have to show that the 504 accommodations are not meeting their needs for transition planning. (Use that wording!)
Gather your child's medical records and evaluation results if you have any. Anything that will help prove they need more support. Ask their teachers to write a note explaining why they may need more services.
See our Special Education Guide to learn more about this whole process! (Click on the title to open it in a new tab on your screen.)
What happens next:
Your child will get a pupil appraisal from the school district to see if they qualify. This must confirm that they have a disability that affects their learning. Even though you may know this is true, the school needs to document it.
The school district should pay for this evaluation. If you don't agree with the results, you can choose to get a different one (called an IEE).
If your child qualifies for Exceptional Student Services (or Special Education), you and the school will work together to create a plan that outlines the services your child will get. This is called an IEP.
Sources: LA DOE, IDEA