Special education is a set of services--including specially designed instruction, related services, supplemental aids and supports, and transition services--that children with disabilities have a right to receive to meet their individualized needs.
The delivery of special education services is governed by the federal law called IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). If your child has a disability, she may have many rights under the IDEA. He may also be entitled to accommodations or services under another disability law known as Section 504.
In New York City, the system to get those services can be complicated and frustrating. Below is a brief overview of special education, including the process to get services and a basic understanding of your child's rights. There are also some practical tips for parents to help them navigate the special education system. For additional information, you can download Advocates for Children's 38-page guide to special education...