Children (3 to 22 years)

special education 101

The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.

New to Disability?

New to Disability?

Has a child’s disability recently touched your life?  Are you visiting our website today looking for information about that disability? Would you like to find organizations and people that can help address the disability-related questions and concerns you may have? You've come to the right place!

Evaluating Children for Disability

Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted.

Can Physical Education Services be Denied?

Can Physical Education Services be Denied?

Hot off the presses - please see the attached two OSEP letters related to Physical Education services (PE). PE services, specially designed if necessary, are required to be available if appropriate as part of special education in IDEA 2004. The Center for Disability Health and Adapted Physical Activity recently requested clarification from OSEP related to these services.