How does a child qualify for special education?

Published: June 16th, 2016

In order to qualify for special education and related services, the IDEA is clear that a child must be evaluated according to the procedures set forth in the regulations as having one of the following 13 categories of disability (autism; deaf-blindness; deafness; emotional disturbance; hearing impairment; cognitive impairment; multiple disabilities; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; specific learning disability; speech or language impairment; traumatic brain injury; and visual impairment) and must, by reason thereof, need special education and related services. [34 C.F.R. § 300.8]