Education and Schools

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Education plays a vital role in your child’s and family’s life, and having a child with special needs can make choices about education and schools more complex. Subtopics included are:

Education-Related Choices

The education-related choices for a child with special health care needs can be difficult and confusing, and you may not know about the options and resources available. Our goal is to give reliable information to assist you in making decisions about where and which type of school your child will attend, and in finding appropriate education services.


Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Center for Parent Information and Resources (DOE)
Parent centers in every state provide training to parents of children with disabilities and provide information about special education, transition to adulthood, health care, support groups, local conferences and other federal, state, and local services. See the "Find Your Parent Center Link" to find the parent center in your state; Department of Education, Office of Special Education.

Utah Parent Center
A nonprofit organization that provides training, information, referral, and assistance to parents of children and youth with all disabilities including physical, mental, hearing, vision, learning, behavioral, and emotional. Staff consists primarily of parents of children and youth with disabilities.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: December 2018
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Amanda Butler, MS, MA, LAMFT