What is Special Education?

Special education is the educational instruction specially designed to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities. At no cost to parents, this specialized education can be administered in classrooms, homes, hospitals, and other institutions.

Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin are special education attorneys with Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing students with disabilities and their families throughout Arizona. For over 15 years, they have devoted their practice to obtaining appropriate educational service, supports and placements for students in schools, hospitals and residential treatment programs.

In this CLE class clip, Hope and Lori discusses What is Special Education?

Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq.
Hope N. Kirsch, M.A. (Ed.), Esq.
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
8900 East Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 250
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

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Special Education Law CLE

Specialized education consists of physical education, speech-language, travel training, vocational education, and any other related services. Specially designed instruction, means education that adapts appropriately to the needs of an eligible child. Holistically, the content, methodology, and delivery of the instructions must be appropriate to the unique needs of each individual child, all while meeting the educational standards of the child’s given jurisdiction.

Students with severe cognitive disabilities, may not require instruction in the general curriculum, yet they are indisputably eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For those students, education may consist of daily living and self-care skills, in addition to other related services that meet their unique needs.

Related services are considered to be transpiration to and from school, as well as other developmental, corrective, and supportive services intended to assist the child with disability, so they fully benefit from special education.

Examples of related services:

  • Speech and Language: pathology and audiology services
  • Interpreting services
  • Psychological services
  • Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
  • Recreation, including therapeutic recreation
  • Early identification and assessment of disabilities
  • Counseling service, including rehabilitation counseling
  • Orientation and mobility services
  • Medical services for diagnostic, or evaluation purposes
  • School health services and school nurse services
  • Social work services
  • Parent counseling and training