The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
Your first contact may include a screening of your child’s development. A screening is a quick and easy process, usually just a few questions about your child’s development. The screening helps to determine if an evaluation is needed. You may request a multidisciplinary evaluation at any point during the screening process.
A multidisciplinary evaluation may include a variety of team members based upon the concerns you have presented or were identified during the screening. This team may include such specialists as psychologists, speech and language therapists, physical and occupational therapists, educational specialists, vision/hearing therapists,etc. Once all the evaluations have been completed including parent information and other outside evaluations an evaluation report summarizing the results will be written and provided to you.
The team will meet with you and discuss the findings of the evaluation and what might be appropriate next steps.
Where can I obtain an evaluation for my child?