Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  • What is Special Education?

  • What is an IEP?

  • Who is Eligible for an IEP?

  • What Happens if My Child is Eligible for an IEP?

  • What is Discussed and Decided at the IEP Meeting?

  • A School Psychologist's Role in Conducting Psychoeducational Evaluations for Possible Special Education Services:

  • What are Related Services?

Disability Categories

  • In order to qualify for special education under the regulations that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a child needs to be a child with a disability, meaning that the child has been evaluated as having a qualifying disability, and by reason, thereof needs special education. [See 34 C.F.R. § 300.8(a)]

    • The child must have a qualifying disability as defined by the IDEA regulations;
    • The disability must have an adverse effect on the child's educational performance; and
    • The child must need specially designed instruction in order to access and make progress in the general education curriculum.

    The disability categories under the IDEA are listed below:

    • Autism
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Deafness
    • Development Delay
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Multiple Disabilities
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
    • Preschool Severe Delay
    • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
    • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Visual Impairment (VI)

    For detailed definitions of the listed categories refer to the ADE Resources located to the right.