If you are homeschooling a child with special needs, you need to follow your state’s homeschool regulations. There are no additional requirements for homeschooling children with special needs.

There is no law or regulation that specifically states that homeschoolers are eligible for special education services. However, since homeschooled students are treated essentially as privately instructed students under Massachusetts law, the Massachusetts Department of Education takes the position that in any court ruling, homeschoolers would likely be treated the same as private school students under the state’s special education law. The Massachusetts legislature has required local school districts to offer some form of special education services for eligible public and private school students from their districts.

HSLDA maintains that it is best for homeschoolers with special education students to provide those services privately. However, HSLDA will defend homeschool freedoms regardless of whether those services are provided privately or in connection with a local school district.

Note: As you decide what kind of special needs services and therapy best meet your child’s needs, we want you to know that HSLDA Compassion Curriculum Grants are available to help with diagnostic services, therapy, curriculum, or other educational materials.