Education

The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) is what guarantees a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities. These are the steps in the special education process:

  1. Identification and referral
  2. Evaluation
  3. Determination of eligibility
  4. Development of an individualized education program (IEP) and determination of services
  5. Reevaluation

When your child receives special education services this means their instruction is specially designed to meet the needs of the child.  This is at no cost to the parent.  This includes instruction in the classroom, home, hospitals or other settings.  This includes instruction in physical education. If your child is receiving special education an Individualized  Education Program (IEP) is written.  The IEP provides information specifically about your child and how this program is going to improve teaching, how your child learns and their academic results.  This program is designed specifically for your child and to meet their specific needs.

Resources:

Virginia Dept. of Education

A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed

Wrights Law – Website, special education law and advocacy

Parents Guide

I’m Determined website

 

Transition from School to Adulthood

Transition is the process when you and your child begins to think about and plan for life after high school.  This process assures the student will acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to achieve their goals.  This can mean that social and educational services can be combined to provide what the student needs.  This process should include choices based on the student’s interests, preferences and abilities.  Transition can mean:

School to Work

GED Program

Postsecondary Education

Community

Here are some resources on Transition from School to Adulthood:

VA Dept. of Education

VCU Center on Transition Innovations

Think College website – College options for people with intellectual disabilities.

Higher education resources for students with visual impairments:  AC Online/Helping visually impaired students

College resources for students with disabilities:  AC Online/Resources for students with disabilities