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Special Education

2015 Legislative Updates

Special Education is provided to a child with an identified disability who needs a specially designed instructional program to meet his/her unique needs and to enable the child to access the general education curriculum of the school district.

It may include special classes, programs, or related services. Special education is provided at no cost to you or your child. As a parent of a child who has or who may have a disability that requires specially designed instruction, you will work with a team of educators and, as appropriate, specialists to determine the needs of your child and to design an appropriate program to address your child’s educational needs.

To be eligible for special education and related services:

  • your child must be between 3 and 21 years of age;
  • your child must have one or more of the following disabilities:
    • autism
    • deaf-blindness
    • developmental delay (for 3-5 year olds inclusive)
    • emotional disturbance
    • hearing impairment
    • intellectual disability
    • multiple disabilities
    • OHI-ADD/ADHD
    • orthopedic impairment
    • other health impairment (i.e., limited strength, vitality or alertness due to chronic or acute health problems such as asthma, attention deficit disorder or diabetes, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance);
    • specific learning disability
    • speech or language impairment
    • traumatic brain injury; or
    • visual impairment
  • the disability must adversely affect your child’s educational performance and;
  • your child requires a specially designed instructional program to address his/her unique educational needs.

Above excerpts taken from A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut (2007), put out by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services.  For more information you may contact Pupil Personnel Services at 860-622-5112.

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