A Free Appropriate Public Education Essay

758 Words Mar 15th, 2016 4 Pages
In Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982), the United States Supreme Court concluded “a ‘free appropriate public education’ consists of educational instruction specially designed to meet the unique needs of the handicapped child, supported by such services as are necessary to permit the child ‘to benefit’ from the instruction.”
As the parent of a student under the special education umbrella, I have experienced the lengthy process of meeting your child’s educational needs. The countless hours spent in meetings with educators, administrators, and doctors can be daunting and time-consuming. Both parents and schools are faced with various problems and obstacles when establishing and implementing special education services.

The Need for Early Intervention
Starting this process is not always easy and varies case by case. Some children are born with recognizable disabilities that allow parents to start their child in special education at a preschool level. But some disabilities are not always easily identifiable at an early age. In my case, concerns were voiced to me from my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher. The teacher suggested she observed characteristics in my daughter that could signal a learning disability. This is when I encountered my first obstacle. Before the school would refer my child for special education testing, they suggested an early intervention plan which included tutoring. This process went on longer than I would have preferred and my child’s…

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