What is Special Education?

Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

Click below to read the differences between a 504 and an IEP.

How does a student qualify for  
Special Education?

There are three steps: Referral process, evaluation, & eligibility. 

REFERRAL PROCESS: Anyone can ask the school to decide if a child needs special education. A parent, a teacher, a nurse or a doctor can ask. This is called a referral. A referral must be written. You can send a referral letter to the principal or special education director.

Click below to read more about evaluation & eligibility.

Advocating for  your child
  • Participation in IEP meeting

  • Monitoring progress

  • Addressing concerns

Click below to read more about each step. 

Special Education & Civil Rights Laws
  • IDEA

  • ECEA

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Click below to read more about each one.

Disability Categories
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Developmental Delay

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impaired

  • Serious Emotional Disability

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech or Language Impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

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