1. Special education is a federally mandated program designed to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities. It is governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (Source: Understood.org – https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/special-education-basics/what-is-special-education)
  2. Children with disabilities may be eligible for special education services if they meet certain criteria, which are determined through evaluations conducted by the school district. (Source: U.S. Department of Education – https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/d/300.304)
  3. Special education services may include individualized instruction, assistive technology, counseling, and related services such as speech therapy or occupational therapy. (Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities – https://www.ncld.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/What-is-Special-Education.pdf)
  4. Parents have the right to be involved in the special education process, including attending meetings, providing input on their child’s goals and services, and requesting evaluations or other services. (Source: Parent Center Hub – https://www.parentcenterhub.org/parentparticipation/)
  5. The goal of special education is to help children with disabilities make progress in their education and prepare for post-school life, whether that involves further education, employment, or independent living. (Source: Council for Exceptional Children – https://exceptionalchildren.org/what-is-special-education)
  6. Special education services are free for eligible children and are provided by the public school district in which the child resides. (Source: U.S. Department of Education – https://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/iepguide/index.html)