During school-aged years, individuals with disabilities may receive services in an outpatient clinic setting and/or at school.

Services include:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Counseling/ psychological services
  • Educational therapy 

Insurance and Financial Factors

Outpatient services may or may not be covered by insurance, depending on the insurance provider and the insurance that the outpatient clinic accepts.

At school, children with disabilities have rights that allow them to receive services which help them succeed in school. These rights are outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Rights

  • Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • Be placed in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Receive an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that outlines student/family goals and the services that will be provided by the school to meet the goals. Services include those mentioned above, and others, such as transportation to and from school,
  • Families of individuals with disabilities also have the right to an Educational Advocate or attorney who assists in understanding legal fights of students with disabilities and helps families navigate IEPs and the Special Education system.
  • For more information about Special Education in California visit www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/

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