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Getting the Most from Special Education: Preschool Through High School

A Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Updated January 2018


This guide discusses the special education process in Virginia for children aged 3-22.  If your child is coming into the special education system from an early intervention program, you may be familiar with the process and some of the paperwork involved.  If you are new to special education or have concerns about your child’s development or performance in school, this guide will help you act on any decision to seek help from the school system.  Read first about the special education process and the IEP in the first two sections of the guide, then turn to the section on “Entering Special Education: Differences by Grade” for grade-level specifics.

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