HOMESCHOOLING SPECIAL NEEDS
An increasing number of parents are discovering that homeschooling can serve as
an excellent means to provide for their children's special education needs.
Many resources, tools, and services
are available to meet special learning challenges, and the one-on-one environment is ideal for students with learning struggles
Parents choose whether or not they will use the special services offered through the public school or Area Education Agency (AEA).
If you want to use public school or Area Education Agency (AEA) services for your child with special education needs, you must dual enroll your child in the public school by using one of the Competent Private Instruction (CPI) legal options that require the filing of a CPI form.
Indicate on the form if your child has already been identified by the public school system as a child requiring special services.
You'll also need to get permission from the director of special education at your local Area Education Agency (AEA). The director has 30 days to render a decision.
Parents of a homeschooled child with a learning disability are not required to seek assistance or approval from the local school district or area education agency. (Find resources below.)
Even if you use CPI Option 1 or CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting, you are not required to seek approval from the AEA special education director to provide Competent Private Instruction for your child.
Simply mark Item 8 on the CPI Form to indicate that you do not consent to initial evaluation or to reevaluation of the child for receipt of public school or AEA special education services.
“Every child is a gift.
They just unwrap their packages at different times.”
If we are able, NICHE will assist you in dealing with challenges with your school district due to homeschooling a special needs student. We also recommend that you contact HSLDA. They have expert experience dealing with legal issues related to homeschooling special needs students and can be very helpful.
A website offering educational and nutritional counseling designed to dramatically improve your child’s learning and behavior.
Targeted website section devoted to special needs homeschooling. Included are resources for a wide variety of special education needs.
Special Assistance for Students with Special Needs Who Want to Attend College or University
Did you know that over 10% of college undergraduates have disabilities? Many colleges and universities provide services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs.
Recommended Reading List for Those Considering Home Educating a Child with Special Needs:
- Home Schooling Children With Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
- Slow and Steady Get Me Ready by June Oberlander
- Homeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical Guide by Christine M. Field
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