- There are four major laws that relate to children with special needs and education. These laws are about the accommodations, the instruction, and the services your child may receive in school.
- If your child is under 3 years old, he or she might be eligible for Early Intervention (EI) services. EI is a program for infants and toddlers who currently have, or are at risk of having, a developmental delay.
- Together with families, the Early Intervention team decides what type of developmental help would be most useful for your child.
- An Individualized Family Service Plan is created for every child enrolled in Early Intervention. It includes assessments of the child, descriptions of both family needs and strengths, and also lists all the education, training, therapy and support services the child and family will receive.
- Preschool-age children with disabilities are eligible to receive a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
- If your child has significant medical needs, the education plan may be just one of many concerns. Here are steps that can help you address health and safety needs in school.
- All children who have been found eligible for special education must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a written plan that describes exactly what special educational services and accommodations your child will receive.
- If your child is eligible for special education, you can meet together with a group of people to develop the Individualized Education Program.
- A 504 Plan helps a child with special health care needs to fully participate in school. Usually a 504 Plan is used by a general education student who is not eligible for special education services.
- Every child with special health care needs in school should have an Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP). An IHCP helps to make sure your child receives the health services he or she needs during the school day.
- There are a number of key people who should be involved in planning for your child's education.
- Tips on becoming active in your child's education and getting to know the school staff.
- List of important educational resources.
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