Parenting a child with a disability presents unique challenges and navigating the special education system can often be one of them. The staff at Vermont Family Network understands and can provide the support and information you need to be an active and effective participant in the special education process for your child. Vermont Family Network serves children and families with all disabilities (physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional).
Our Family Support Consultants can help you by responding to concerns that parents and family members have by phone, email, or in person and are trained to respond to a variety of needs related to navigating the special education system.
Family, school and community partnerships are important in ensuring a child’s success in school. VFN supports families, professionals and other community members in working together to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Special education is specially designed instruction that cannot be provided within the school’s standard instructional conditions or through the school’s educational support system.
Specially designed instruction (SDI) adapts content, methodology, or delivery of instructions, as appropriate, to address the unique needs of the eligible child that result from the child’s disability. SDI also ensures the child’s access to the general curriculum.
Special education rules as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) provide for a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) of children, youth, and young adults between the ages of 3 and 21.
Three things are used to determine special education eligibility:
- The presence of a disability
- The extent to which the disability is having an adverse effect in the basic skill area(s)
- Whether or not the student’s need is significant enough to require specialized instruction.
Learn more about eligibility determination in our Eligibility for Special Education fact sheet.
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