Special Education: "Attitudes are the real disability."
The purpose of Special Education, according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
-To protect the rights of children with disabilities
-To give parents a voice in their child's education
"Special education means specially-designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education. The term includes speech/language pathology services and may include other
related services, travel training, and applied technology education, if they meet the definition of special education.
At no cost means that all specially-designed instruction is provided without charge, but does not preclude incidental fees that are normally charged to non-disabled students or their parents as part of the regular education program."
(pg. 28, Special Education Rules: Utah)
If you feel your child may have a disability:
-Either the parent or LEA (Local Education Agency...teacher, administrator, principal, etc) may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine if the student is a student with a disability.
-An evaluation will be performed on all areas of suspected disability. Evaluations may include intellectual, academic, speech and language, hearing, vision, social, emotional, adaptive, and transition testing and observation.
-A meeting will be held to discuss the evaluations with the LEA, special education teacher, parents, and any other applicable personnel present.
-The team present at the evaluation meeting will determine together which course of action is appropriate for the student, in accordance to the standards and regulations set by IDEA.
Heather Basinger, Special Education Teacher
Canyon Crest Elementary