Children with special needs

Each child is unique in his or her dreams, potential, and career path. Some children have physical, emotional, or cognitive differences that create barriers to learning or achievement. Parents are critical advocates for their children, and even more particularly so when there are special needs. Your child with special needs may be eligible for special services. You can help him or her obtain those services, receive the best education possible, and make a smooth transition from high school to college or a rewarding career.

Parents of children with disabilities have a special role to play in planning their education and future. Through the development individualized education programs (IEPs), educators and parents work together to create effective and meaningful strategies to support each child to achieve his or her potential.

There are numerous resources for parents of students with disabilities, both general and specific to a condition. Explore the topics below to see what educational and career opportunities and services may be available to your child.

Individualized Education Programs and academic success
Federal law guarantees your special needs child an Individual Education Plan to help him or her achieve in school.

Communicating with your child's school
Communication is key to ensuring that your child gets the most from his or her IEP.

Moving from high school to further education and work
You and your child can plan for the transition to adult life with the help of your child's IEP team.

Other resources:
  National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Oregon Resources (NICHCY) at
  Oregon Parent Training and Information Center (OrPTI) at