Special Education is specially designed instruction that meets the unique needs of a child with a disability. The goal is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs.
Special Education services are mandated by state laws and by the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), a federal law. The Individuals with Disability Education Act:
- Assures all children with disabilities are provided a free, appropriate, public education designed to meet their unique needs.
- Protects children’s rights and the rights of their parents or guardians.
- Assists state and local districts in providing education that assesses students’ strengths and weaknesses and assures the effectiveness of the educational efforts.