paper-cutoutsThere is an array of support and services for children and young adults who have special needs.  This page is dedicated to helping families who have children with special needs locate useful resources that will support your family through knowledge and/or services.

Laws for Individuals with Special Needs

There are three federal laws that apply to children with special needs:

  • The individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (1990)

IDEA is a federal law that governs all special education services for children in the United States.  Under IDEA, children with special needs are entitled to a free and appropriate public education.

Section 504 is a civil rights statute that requires schools (whether public or private) not to discriminate against children with disabilities and to provide them with reasonable accommodations.

ADA is a law that prohibits educational institutions (with the exception of religious organizations) from denying educational services, programs, or activities to students with disabilities.  It also prohibits discrimination of students with disabilities.

Georgia Resources for families with children who have special needs

Inclusion Coordinators – An inclusion coordinator offers training and other technical assistance to help families, child care providers and others identify resources, services, and supports to ensure that children are successfully included in early care and learning environments.  They also work to promote and increase inclusive child care options for children with disabilities and their families in their communities.  This is a FREE state-wide service for families.

How can the inclusion coordinator support me? Inclusion Coordinators will…

  • Assist families and providers with referrals and identification and linkage to community resources
  • Provide Bright from the Start approved professional development for teachers, directors and others
  • Provide child care providers with training, coaching and mentoring
  • Provide resources and information about inclusion and other topics
  • Provide tools and resources to assist providers with Quality Rated
  • Provide targeted technical assistance designed to assist families and programs in identifying and addressing barriers to inclusion, including challenging behavior

How do I contact my inclusion coordinator?  Call 877-ALL-GA-KIDS  (877-255-4254)

Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and The Americans Disability Act

Download additional resources –Special Needs Resource List