Your child has the right to a full educational experience, just the same as other California students. Regardless of your child’s education needs, limitations and other factors, your child has the right to the support and assistance necessary to provide them with the opportunity to learn. It is not always easy to secure this type of support, and it may be helpful for you to first learn about how you can advocate on behalf of your child.
If you believe your child could be eligible for special education services, it is important to first seek an evaluation. This assessment will determine what kinds of needs your child has and what types of support they may need to succeed in school. As a parent, you are an important advocate for your child, and it is beneficial to learn more about how you can seek this initial assessment.
Requesting a free evaluation
As a parent, you have the right to seek an evaluation on behalf of your child if you believe they may require special education supports and services. There are certain steps you can take that will help you fight for what your child needs for their education. To seek an evaluation, the following steps will be helpful:
- Speak to your child’s teacher about where to send the request for an evaluation.
- Write a letter or send an email to the appropriate District or school staff member requesting the evaluation for your child.
- Make sure that your letter arrived as it should and that you receive written acknowledgement your request was received.
- In your written correspondence, be specific about your concerns and what you are hoping to accomplish.
- If you do not get a response in a timely manner (15-calendar days), send a written follow-up request.
You are the most important and effective advocate your child has. If you believe that your child needs special education services, you have the right to ask for this support. It can be difficult to secure services for your child, and you may not be successful on your first attempt; however, you may benefit from seeking the guidance of a knowledgeable professional as you fight for the services and support your kid needs for educational success.