What is Special Education?

Special education is a term used by the law (IDEA) to describe specially designed instruction that meets the unique needs of a child who has a disability. These services are provided by the public school system and are free of charge. Services can include instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals and institutions.

There are 13 categories of special education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  In order to qualify for special education, the IEP team must determine that a child has one of the following:


Emotional Disturbance
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment
Other Health Impaired
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment

Claire Anthony, School Psychologist, amazing Opening Doors Team member, is embarking on her second international, an educationally focused, service trip this November 2024 to East Africa. Claire has done several service trips, including domestic in beloved Philadelphia PA. Claire and her team provided support for the homeless in the city on the several trips. In East Africa, they will be teaching refugees English. Claire is a passionate, deeply caring soul that wants to spread love and hope to all fellow humans she can; to serve people. Donations are being accepted to support Claire's work https://eriefirst.managedmissions.com/MyTrip/claireanthony3

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