If you suspect that your child has a disability, request that your child be evaluated by the school. This request can be verbally or in writing, but it is recommended that your request for an evaluation be in writing so there is documentation of when the timeline begins for the school's response.
The school has 30 days to either:
- Meet with parent to begin planning the evaluation and get parent consent to begin the evaluation process, or
- Provide parent with Prior Written Notice explaining why they are not going to begin the evaluation at this time
The school then has 60 days from your written permission to complete the evaluation and hold the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) meeting. The parent must be part of the team along with those who completed the evaluation. Once all the team members complete their part of the evaluation, the team (including the parents), meet to determine whether or not the child meets one of the 13 disability categories (autism, intellectual disability, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment (includes partial sight or blindness), other health impairment) and qualifies as a student with a disability under !DEA.
If your child is not eligible for special education services, the school should determine appropriate changes and interventions (forms of assistance) to help the child. They may also consider whether the child is eligible for services under another federal law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The school has 30 days from Evaluation Team meeting to hold an IEP meeting.
30 Days for Parent Consent to Begin Evaluation or Deny —›
60 Days to Evaluate —› 30 Days for IEP Meeting