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: 

  • 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.

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