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Special Education Process

PAUSD provides special education services for eligible students from birth to age 22. Special Education provides specialized academic instruction and/or related services for students who meet eligibility criteria and require special education to access the general education setting.  A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). These are:

  • Deaf
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Visually Impaired
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedically Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury