Special Education Services
With so much to learn and understand, and so many resources available, it can feel overwhelming just trying to figure out where to start. It doesn’t have to be that way. By approaching your needs step by step and asking for help, you will receive the guidance you need to make the right decisions for your child.
Beyond resources, there are real services available to you and your child. We’ve covered some of these elsewhere, including special needs trusts. Here, let’s focus on services that can support your child’s education. In particular, we highlight the Individualized Education Program and 504 plans.
The Individualized Education Program
An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is a document that describes your child’s specific needs as it relates to their education. Typically, an IEP will include information on:
- Your child’s current academic achievement and performance
- The goals you and the school team think your child can accomplish
- The special education services to be provided.
- How to measure progress
You can help develop your child’s IEP, as this is your right by law. Your participation is highly valuable to the school team assigned to the IEP, as this will help them understand your insights and corners, and develop a plan to reach the learning goals that benefit your child.
Does your child require special education services? Learn how to request an evaluation for special needs services.
A 504 plan is a formal plan that schools develop to accommodate children with disabilities. For example, they may give your child more time to turn in an assignment or complete a test. They are different from IEPs in that they aren’t part of special education. Explore some tips about what goes into a good 504 plan.
Find the answers you need on special education services
FND has created an information hub that includes answers to questions we often hear from parents, including:
- What is special education?
- Who is eligible?
- What happens during an evaluation for special education services?
Find the answers to these and dozens more questions about special education that matter to you as a parent.