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As a parent considering homeschooling your child who has special needs, does your decision hinge on the accessibility of services like occupational, speech, or other therapy or evaluations? We get that—so here’s a quick summary of the options available to you and your child.

Although HSLDA doesn’t generally recommend it, you can often get special education assistance through public school programs. These programs include any services funded by state or federal dollars though your local school district, whether the services are provided in your own home or at the school.

While you can obtain an evaluation for special education needs in every state, only about half of the states require services to be provided to homeschool students. See your state’s special needs provision here.

Parents who choose to homeschool already have a lot on their plates, and, in HSLDA’s experience, many families have found that public school services come with strings (and potential legal difficulties) attached. So it is best to choose a private service provider whenever possible.

If your child is currently receiving public special education services, you may wish to begin transitioning to private sources for your child’s special education needs. There are many different paths available to obtain a private service provider. You can learn more about locating one here.

HSLDA members can reach out to our Special Needs Consultants to get in touch with a local special education professional.

Concerned about being able to afford services? You might be interested in applying for one of HSLDA’s Compassion Curriculum Grants.

If you would like to learn more about homeschooling a child with special needs, we invite you to check out our Special Needs page. We’ve got lots of resources and support for your homeschooling journey, from start to finish!

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Swiss Court: Homeschooling a Privilege, Not a Right

The federal supreme court of Switzerland has ruled that homeschooling is a not a right, and that local governments may ban the practice
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Judge: Constitution Protects Children from Strip Searches

A federal judge has ruled that Josiah and Holly Curry will get their day in court. Reacting to the investigator’s testimony that “she should ‘automatically’ strip-search any child who was four or under,” the judge made it clear he disagreed.
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Sixth-Circuit Case: Flag on the Play—Instant Replay

In April 2020, a three-judge panel ruled that students in Detroit had a federal constitutional right to a basic minimum public education. Now, the full court is rehearing the case from scratch. 
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Federal Report: Homeschooling Doubled in Last 20 Years

The NCES says more Americans are homeschooling for more reasons than ever before.
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Federal Job Corps Rejects Homeschool Grad’s Diploma

An official at a government jobs program didn’t want to enroll a qualified graduate for college-level instruction because he believed his diploma was illegal. But his mom, a second-generation homeschooler, knew to call HSLDA.
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Dangerous Policy Lurks Behind Romeike Triumph

HSLDA is immensely grateful to federal officials for allowing the Romeikes to stay in America.
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CPS: “Strip-Searching Kids is OK.” Um, No!

HSLDA is responding to a major challenge in our quest to deliver justice for Kentucky homeschool mom Holly Curry in her federal lawsuit.
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Brazil: Capital City Legalizes Homeschooling, Still Hope for National Law

Federal lawmakers continue to work on legislation to legalize homeschooling in all of Brazil. Meanwhile, another municipality has recognized this proven educational option.
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9th Circuit: Newsom Violates Parents’ Rights

A federal appeals court ruled California’s governor has no right to shut down in-person classes for private schools. This is big news for homeschoolers, too.
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What Does the Future Hold for Homeschool Freedom?

What are the roles of the federal and state governments' regarding homeschooling? How can COVID-19 change state regulations? How can we protect homeschool freedom? Find answers to these questions and more in HSLDA's article.
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