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The following information was taken from the Virginia Department of Education's Parent’s Guide to Special Education (2010). http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/parents/parents_guide.pdf
Referral When your child is suspected of having a disability, a referral, which is a written or oral request for an evaluation, is given to the school. (page 8)
Evaluation The school then evaluates the child to determine whether your child has a disability as well as the nature and extent of the special education and related services that your child needs. (page 8)
Eligibility Based on the results of the evaluation, a team decides if your child is eligible to receive special education and related services. To be found eligible, the team must decide that the child has a disability and as a result needs special education and related services. (page 8)
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Description: Special education is full of terms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those terms mean. NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference to special education terminology, and hopes it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.
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