Special Children Have a Right to Special Education

Authored By: Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
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Background information  +

Under state and federal law, every child with a disability age 3 to 22 has a right to a free appropriate public education. If your child is having trouble learning or is experiencing behavioral problems at school, he or she may be entitled to additional services under the federal INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Many local legal services or legal aid offices in Florida represent parents and children concerned about educational needs and services. When a disagreement with a school arises, the dispute can often be worked out easily. If your concerns are not resolved, you have a right to challenge the school in an administrative hearing.

Does your child fall into any of these categories?  +


  • learns differently than other children 
  • speaks differently than other children
  • needs a lot of attention
  • acts bored or lazy
  • learns slowly
  • breaks rules and not listen to you or the teachers
  • has mental health /medical problems
  • walks or move in a clumsy way
  • has problems with vision or hearing

Has your child been . . .  +

  • suspended or expelled?
  • sent to an alternative school?
  • held back/not promoted for any reason? 

Some SERVICES Your Child May Need  +

  • Testing for Special Needs
  • Behavior Management
  • Individual Class Work
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Special Transportation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Vocational Training
  • Tutoring
  • Special Services and Accommodations 
  • Pre-Kindergarten Services 

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Last Review and Update: Nov 12, 2015