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Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities (PowerPoint) Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)


Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are certain decisions that you, as a parent, will have to make along the way. Some of these decisions will occur as early as infancy and toddlerhood.

When parents and school division collaborate with one another, great things can happen for children. It is with collaboration in mind that Critical Decision Points seeks to assist all parties in working together positively and constructively to make the best decisions for children in Virginia.


Tracy Lee Family Engagement Specialist
(804) 225-3492


Assessment Collaboration Diploma Options Dispute Resolution Early Childhood Elementary Employment Family Engagement High School Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) Individualized Education Program (IEP) Middle School Parent/Family Postsecondary Education Preschool Professional Resources Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) Self-Determination Transition