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School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents (October 2015)


If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help she needs. Here are some concerns that parents often have:

• not knowing who to talk to about their child’s needs;
• not knowing if their child’s problems in school are caused by a disability or by the stress of being homeless;
• not being sure how to help their child adjust to a new school after moving to a temporary living situation;
• not being able to arrange time and transportation for parent-teacher conferences or meetings at school; and
• not understanding the process for getting special education services for their child.

This brief will help you with each of these concerns and offer resources for additional assistance.


All Disabilities Elementary Federal Laws High School Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Parent/Family Preschool Professional Resources