Special education services through IDEA 97 - Jan 2003

Special education services through IDEA 97 - Jan 2003 -...

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Special Education Services Through IDEA 97 IDEA 97 (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997) entitles children with qualifying disabilities to receive special education services from their public school IF the disability impacts their education. In Illinois, children are eligible to receive special education services from their third birthday (regardless of when in the year it occurs) until the end of the school year during which they reach age twenty-one or until they graduate from high school, whichever occurs earlier. IDEA 97 covers only certain specific disabilities, which are: Autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, mental impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impaired, specific learning disabilities, speech and/or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment and blindness. ADD and ADHD, which are covered under Section 504, are not covered under IDEA 97 unless the child can be shown to have a co-morbid disability, such as a neurological need which would qualify him or her as other health impaired. Additionally, the child's disability MUST impact his or her ability to learn in school. When should IDEA 97 Special Education be considered for a child? Any child who has an identified disability or developmental lag should be evaluated for possible special education services. Under the age of three, those services will be provided by an Early Childhood program (through Child and Family Connections), and the services will be identified in an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). After the age of three, the services will be provided by the local public school district, and the services identified in an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Making a Request for an IEP If the child has not been previously evaluated by the district, and you suspect that the child may need special education services, you should have the foster/adoptive parent make a request in writing for a full and complete evaluation of the child. Additionally, if the school suspects that the child may need services, then they have an obligation to request permission to evaluate the child. The parent MUST sign consent forms
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