Special Education Guide - Introduction

First, know that there is help for your child and support for you as a parent. You are not alone!

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Things to know first:

  • You and your child have rights.

  • The school has responsibilities.

  • These are protected and required by a law called IDEA: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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The goal is to work in partnership with the school to create a plan that will support your child's needs.


We hope this Guide will answer your questions. If not, we'll tell you who to call.

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