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About Special Education Services

What is Special Education?

Special education generally refers to services provided to students ages 3 to 21 with disabilities following specific state and federal laws and rules. 

While not every child with a disability will require special education services, every child whose disability affects their school progress is entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education that meets their unique needs. 

Special education is provided by the school district at no cost to parents. Most special education services are delivered at the child’s school and can include specially designed instruction and related services that meet the unique needs of an eligible student with a disability, or a specific service need that is necessary to allow the student with a disability to access the general curriculum.   

The purpose of special education is to allow the student to successfully develop his or her individual educational potential. Along with providing services to the child, if necessary, services are provided to parents and to teachers for the student to benefit from special education.