You as a parent are your child with special needs best advocate. Let’s face it: you know your child like no one else does, and so when it comes to getting the best for him, you are the one who will always get it done. But getting started with the special education process can be daunting if you are new to all of it. The right resources and support can help make it a little easier.
What is Special Education?
Children with disabilities have rights to services in school under federal and state laws. Special education is not just a specific place for your child to go; it is a set of services developed with your child in mind. Approximately six million students in the United States obtain special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Most special education students spend the bulk of their day in general education classrooms, which are considered the least restrictive environment (LRE) for the majority of kids.
Services available to special needs children
There are a variety of services available for your child with disabilities:
What is an Individual Education Program (IEP)?
Under the law, IDEA necessitates that children with special needs receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in order to acquire special education services. Your child’s IEP contains information about his present levels of performance on various tests, and it includes and monitors information about your child’s goals, specifically how his educational needs will be managed. The purpose of the IEP is to set realistic learning objectives for your child and to assert the services that the school district will provide.
Beginning the special education process
First, your child’s teacher will request a Student Study Team (SST) meeting to review your child. The team may then select to move forward on an evaluation. Your responsibility as a parent is to submit a request, which includes:
At any time, if you are concerned about your child’s services, you may request a meeting with the team.
If you feel overwhelmed and you need help, please contact us.
American Advocacy group is on the front lines every day, making positive change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome and a range of diagnoses across the continuum. As a leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need, we understand the system and know how to take action in regard to your best interests.
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