What are the 13 categories for determining student eligibility for special education? How are they practically (and legally) applied? In this episode, Amanda and I break down the different categories and explain, from a legal standpoint, what is necessary to be eligible under each one.
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What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
- What the 13 eligibility categories for special education under the Federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are
- Why it’s more important to get through the door of eligibility rather than being concerned over which door to get through
- What does "specific learning disability" mean?
- Once you get through the eligibility door, that is when each child should receive an individual education plan (IEP)
- Why the medical diagnosis of a learning disability is different than the IEP in an academic setting
- Aside from the medical side of the disability affecting learning, there’s the processing side. What is that?
- What an emotional disturbance is
- Which eligibility categories require additional services
- What are the practical application of these eligibility categories
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