Public schools are required to provide specialized educational support if a child has a developmental delay that interferes with their ability to learn. If you have chosen to send your child to public school, seek a special education evaluation. The school will evaluate your child in all areas possibly related to their disability, including speaking, hearing, vision, physical, social, behavioral, and academic skills to determine what help/support they think your child needs.
Your child is eligible for services even if they are in private school. There are federal and local laws that protect disabled students’ right to an equal education.
Navigating the special education system can be confusing and challenging. There are a few things you can start to do from the get-go that will set you up for success: know your rights, keep comprehensive records, and prepare for upcoming meetings.
For a full list of things to know about, read our IEP guide.
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