Special Education Guide - Introduction

First, know that there is help for your child and support for you as a parent.

You are not alone!

Sped_Welcome_pic.pngIf your child struggles with learning, there are many ways you can support them, and many things the school can do to help. We'll help you through the process, whatever stage you're at now.


Things to know first: 

  • Special education services are specific teaching techniques and therapies that help children learn despite their disability.

  • These services are guaranteed to children from ages 3-21 if they have a disability that affects their learning. They have to get an evaluation to see if they qualify.

  • The school has responsibilities.

  • You and your child have rights.

  • 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'll tell you about the whole process, whether you are just starting out or are already getting services.


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

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