Special Education Services
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) every student is entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). When a student is deemed eligible for Special Education Services, an IEP Team is convened to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the student. This plan is created to provide specially designed instruction and services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
In order for student to be eligible for special education services, his or her educational progress must be negatively impacted by one of the following disability categories:
- Developmental Delay
- Sensory: Hearing, Vision, Deaf-Blind
- Emotional (including Anxiety Disorders)
- Specific Learning
- Health (including ADD, ADHD)
In addition, the student must require specially designed instruction and/or related services in order to make effective progress in school. If the student has a disability but does not qualify for special education services, he or she may be eligible for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabiliation Act.
The student's IEP document is agreed upon by the student and his/her parents or guardian(s) in collaboration with a team of educators from the student's school district. The IEP is updated every year at the student's Annual IEP Review meeting. Every three years the student is reevaluated in order to determine if he or she continues to be eligible for special education services.
More About the IDEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible youth with disabilities. Click below to learn more: