Children with certain developmental or other disabilities may be eligible for a unique written educational plan called and Individualized Education Program which helps to ensure that the child is getting the best education possible. School administrators and teachers will meet with the child and parents to develop this plan, creating goals and objectives for the child’s learning and determining the best way for the child to learn and show his or her progress. The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) lists 13 disabilities which make a child eligible for an Individualized Education Program. In order to qualify for an IEP, the child must have one of the following disabilities and the disability must adversely the child’s educational performance.

  • Autism
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

The category of “other health impairment” can include a number of issues or illnesses, for example, children with cancer or another recurring illness which causes absences from school can qualify for an IEP under “other health impairment” because their illness affects their strength, energy, or alertness in school. Contact your child’s school administration to find out if your child is eligible for and would benefit from and Individualized Education Program.