Getting Started

 

Getting Started

The most important thing about identifying a disability is getting your child the help he or she needs—this might simply be extra help (for example "academic intervention services") or it might be an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). It is important to note that if your child is struggling, either academically or socially, the school is required to document pre-referral strategies and interventions that have been tried prior to making a referral for special education services.  In any case, when a request is made, there is a formal process that the school must go through to:

  • Determine whether your child qualifies for an IEP under the law.
  • If so, design an IEP to meet his or her specific needs, and;
  • Document the details of the IEP for you and your child's teachers to work with, including supports and services that will help your child be successful in school.

To read more information or to answer questions you may have, please follow the links below.

 

Every Child is Different

As a parent or guardian you know your child best. Because of this, your ideas, opinions, and input are very important in mapping out the best possible education for him or her. Children learn at different speeds and in different ways.

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What to do if you think your child needs special education?

If you believe your child requires special education services, it is important that you ask the right questions from the start. 

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What is a referral?

When the Special Education process begins, an initial referral for an evaluation is made.

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