Special Needs Law and Legal Definition
Special needs is a term used in reference to children with some form of disability or circumstances requiring extra measures to attend to. When used in the context of adoption, the term "special needs" children generally refers to children that traditionally have been more difficult to place for adoption, because they are older, or have some form of physical, mental, emotional, or developmental challenge, or who are multi-ethnic or biracial children. This definition also includes children that are part of a sibling group that it is expected would do better if they were adopted together.
Some parents may formulate an Individualized Education Plan with their special needs child's school. An Individualized Education Plan (sometimes called an "Individualized Education Program" or "Individual Education Plan") is a legally binding document that spells out exactly what special education services your child will receive and why. It will include the child's classification, placement, services such as a one-on-one aide and therapies, academic and behavioral goals, a behavior plan if needed, percentage of time in regular education, and progress reports from teachers and therapists.
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- Adult With a Special Need
- American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
- Area of Special Flood Hazard
- Area of Special Flood-Related Erosion Hazard
- Area of Special Mudslide Hazard
- Basic Needs
- Basic Needs Commitment
- Board of Legal Specialization
- Certified International Property Specialist
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist