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Special Education in Connecticut

If your child has special needs, you understand the importance of ensuring their protection and receiving a quality education. In Connecticut, special education services are available to children who require additional support.

Connecticut’s special education laws aim to safeguard students with disabilities, ensuring they receive the necessary assistance to achieve meaningful progress within their educational programs. These laws are designed to support your child throughout their educational journey.

Special Education Services

Special education programs often offer additional services that you might find useful. For instance, a child might require speech and language therapy to fully benefit from special education classes. Another example could involve specialized transportation or medical services needed for diagnostic evaluations.

Who Qualifies for Special Education Services

Children aged 3 to 21 who experience disabilities are eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, as recognized by federal law. Common disabilities covered include deafness, deaf-blindness, autism, hearing impairments, physical impairments, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, and orthopedic impairments.

To receive these services, the child’s disability must impact their educational performance. For instance, if a child with a hearing impairment can effectively learn in a regular classroom when seated at the front, they may not require special education assistance. However, if their impairment hinders participation in larger classes where hearing and interaction are challenging, a special education setting may be more suitable.

Special Education in Private Schools

The availability of special educational services varies by school. Generally, children attending private schools may not be entitled to the same services as those in public school systems. However, some private schools may choose to offer these services in accordance with local regulations. Therefore, it is crucial to communicate directly with the school to understand what support it provides for children with special needs.

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

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If you have any questions or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or to schedule a free initial consultation today.