Help is available and the law is on your side. His promise is simple: every child counts. Every child has the right to an education. Every eligible disabled child is entitled to “special” education, which confers “significant benefits”. That’s what Congress said. That’s what the US Supreme Court said.
The law protects every child. The law protects you as a parent of your child.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) – Every special education student must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by a team that includes parents, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals. An IEP sets educational goals and describes the special services that will be provided to the student.
Due Process – The Special Education Act has many due process hearing and appeal procedures.
“Section 504” classroom accommodations are available to many students (K-12 and college) with disabilities.
There are only five ways of communicating that can lead to a disability; they are auditory, visual, verbal, non-verbal and tactical communication.
If your child’s disability affects their education, they may be eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. IDEA requires public schools to locate and identify children with disabilities who may need specialized education. These children shall “have available to them” appropriate and free public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their specific needs.” 20 USC section 140(d). Children with disabilities must “to the maximum extent appropriate [be] educated with non-disabled children” 20 USC 1412(e)(5).
Many parents find themselves in a situation where their child is having academic difficulties or has disciplinary problems at school. Often, there is perhaps an unidentified disability causing these problems. If they have a disability that negatively affects their education, they would likely benefit from special education services.
Special education services may include:
Speech and speech therapy
Specialized resource programs
Modification of normal education programs
Special daily courses
Residential treatment and many more.
If you think your child will benefit from special education services, call a professional. Your child only goes through his education process once, so give your child the best chance for the future by making sure he gets the kind of education that helps him learn and succeed. Nothing is more important to their future.