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Special Ed GuideGetting 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.


Download your copy of “Getting the Most from Special Education“.



Guides in Other Languages


•  Download “Getting the Most from Special Education” in Arabic
•  تحميل “الحصول على أكثر من التربية الخاصة” باللغة العربية


Chinese (Mandarin)

•  Download “Getting the Most from Special Education” in Chinese
•  从中文下载“从特殊教育中获取最大收益”



•  Download “Getting the Most from Special Education” in Korean
•  “특수 교육을 최대한 활용하기”를 한국어로 다운로드하십시오.



•  Download “Getting the Most from Special Education” in Spanish
•  Descargar “Obtener el Máximo Provecho de la Educación Especial” en Español



•  Download “Getting the Most from Special Education” in Vietnamese
•  Tải xuống “Tận dụng tối đa giáo dục đặc biệt” bằng tiếng Việt




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