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Introduction to Special Education

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Special Education and Florida Schools

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Special education is instruction that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. Special education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to the parents and can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in the hospital, in institutions, or in other settings. The definition of special education comes from IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Often times, special education is referred to as a place or location. It is not - special education is a service that is provided to your child based on his/her needs, free of charge to families.

More than 6.8 million children ages 3 through 21 receive special education in the United States.