Education for Youth
7. Special Education
What Are The Different Special Education Classifications?
There are many services and programs available to you if you qualify for special education. Schools must provide a free and appropriate education to all students in special education in the least restrictive environment. This means that if you have an IEP, you should be in the most academically challenging program in which you can make progress towards your educational goals. It is important to remember that special education is a service and not a place. You have the right to the same opportunities for academic success as students in general education.
If you feel like you are in a class that is too easy or too hard for you, it is important to tell your teacher, agency caseworker, or lawyer. An IEP can be created or changed anytime during the school year to better fit your needs, and it must be updated at least once every school year. There are different special education “classifications” that describe different educational difficulties. Some examples include speech and language difficulties, emotional issues, learning problems, and physical difficulties.
Each classification requires a student to be in a certain school setting and receive specific types of services. Remember, the DOE is not allowed to place you in a setting that cannot meet your needs. You have the right to receive the services that are described on your IEP.