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Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

“Least restrictive environment” (LRE) means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non -disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. They should have access to the general education curriculum, or any other program that non -disabled peers would be able to access. The student should be provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non -disabled peers. To determine what an appropriate setting is for a student, a team will review the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and needs, and consider the educational benefits from placement in any particular educational setting. With the differences in needs varying broadly, there is no single definition of what an LRE will be, and each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Simply put, the LRE is the environment most like that of typical children in which the child with a disability can succeed academically (as measured by the specific goals in the student’s IEP). Procedural safeguards IDEA includes a set of procedural safeguards designed to protect the rights of children with disabilities and their families, and to ensure that children with disabilities receive a FAPE. The procedural safeguards include:
  1. The right of parents to receive a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available under IDEA and the procedures in -the state for presenting complaints
  2. Confidentiality and the right of parents to inspect and review the educational records of their child
  3. The right of parents to participate in meetings related to the identification, evaluation, and placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE (a free appropriate public education) to their child
  4. The right of parents to obtain an independent educational evaluation (TEE) of their child
  5. The right of parents to receive “prior written notice” on matters relating to the identification, evaluation, or placement of their child, and the provision of FAPE to their child
  6. The right of parents to give or deny their consent before the school may take certain action with respect to their child
  7. The right of parents to disagree with decisions made by the school system on those issues
  8. The right of parents and schools to use IDEA’ s mechanisms for resolving disputes, including the right to appeal determinations

Children with Special Needs

All children need lots of love and warmth, as well as limits and boundaries to guide their behavior.

Families are a child’s best care -givers, advocates and decision -makers. Our mission is to provide information and resources to help families support their children’s well being, growth and development. Families who have children and young people with special needs often deal with similar challenges. They may have concerns about education, services, therapies, respite and other issues directly related to their child.

We aim to give you as much information as possible to support you and your child. There are plenty of activities and opportunities available and we hope you can find something in your local area that will be helpful to you.