What is Special Education?
Special education is a term used by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It describes specially designed instruction that meets the individual needs of a child who has a disability. These services are provided by the public school system and are free of charge.
There are 13 categories of special education as defined by IDEA. In order to qualify for special education, the IEP team must determine that a child has one of the following:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
In order for the IEP team to qualify a child for services, the student must be found to have one of these 13 categories of special education and it must adversely affect their educational performance.
Special Education Timelines
Special Education in the State of California can be complicated, especially when it comes to timelines. Use the resources below to familiarize yourself with the timelines we are required to comply with when it pertains to IDEA. If you have any concerns about your child's IEP dates and time, please feel free to your site administrator.
Parent Advisory Committee
The Redlands Unified School District encourages parents of students with unique needs to partner with the district. We have a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) to help with that process. The purpose of SEPAC is to share information between the district’s special services department and parent representatives. It is designed to create a forum for parent representatives to provide input regarding special education policies and procedures; to provide an opportunity for parent representatives from each school site to collaborate; and to establish communication between parents, school sites, and district administration.