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.

Homeschooling is considered “private schooling.” In addition, Nebraska has a new law allowing homeschoolers access to public school programs. While this law does not specifically refer to access to special needs programs, a reasonable interpretation would seem to allow homeschoolers access to them. Neb. Rev. St. § 79-2, 136.

Because homeschooling can be conducted as a “private school” under Nebraska law, your homeschooled child may be eligible for services funded by both the federal IDEA program and the state.

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.