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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Nov 28, 2017

What are the 13 categories for determining student eligibility for special education? How are they practically (and legally) applied? In this episode, Amanda and I break down the different categories and explain, from a legal standpoint, what is necessary to be eligible under each one.

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What You’ll Learn in this Episode:  

  • What the 13 eligibility categories for special education under the Federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are
  • Why it’s more important to get through the door of eligibility rather than being concerned over which door to get through
  • What does "specific learning disability" mean?
  • Once you get through the eligibility door, that is when each child should receive an individual education plan (IEP)
  • Why the medical diagnosis of a learning disability is different than the IEP in an academic setting
  • Aside from the medical side of the disability affecting learning, there’s the processing side. What is that?
  • What an emotional disturbance is
  • Which eligibility categories require additional services
  • What are the practical application of these eligibility categories

Resources Mentioned

UCI Law School legal clinics


Ca Education Code Section 56043

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