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Homeschooling With An IEP

"I've been homeschooling my son through our local school district for a little over a year now. Doing so does require me to go along with certain things that I don't necessarily like, but it also allows my son to get services from the school district.

For instance, my son gets speech three times a week, sees an itinerant teacher of the deaf twice a week and attends some mainstream events at our local school with an interpreter (paid for by the school district). The assemblies that most schools have for kids are usually very fun as well as educational. My son loves them! I'm glad he's able to attend.

On your website, you might want to make parents aware that this is an option in many school districts."

State-by-State Availability of IDEA Services

The following table shows which states offer special education services to homeschoolers. This is difficult information to find.

States which classify homeschoolers as private schools must offer sped services to homeschoolers. However, no individual private school student has a right to services under the IDEA. States are merely required to provide sped services to private school students as a "class."

States which classify homeschoolers as their own unique category have no obligation under IDEA to provide sped services to them at all.

Some states have legislation which extends sped services to homeschoolers, others do not. There is no consistency in this area and the practices in one state can not be applied to any other.

The "May Provide" category includes states which have no state level policy of providing services to homeschoolers, but neither do they prohibit it. Services may, or may not, be offered depending on the local school district.

Do Provide

Arkansas
Florida
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maine
Michigan
New York
Oregon
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
May Provide

Alaska
Arizona
Connecticut
Idaho
Nevada
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Wisconsin
Don't Provide

Alabama
No Information

California
Colorado
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Wyoming

State Laws & Support Groups
A state-by-state guide to laws, including laws specific to special education, support groups and homeschooling resources.


The child who is physically, mentally or socially handicapped shall be given the special treatment, education and care required by his particular condition. - UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child




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