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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!


Homeschooling: Connecting & Finding Support

Want to get connected and find support as a new homeschooling family? If you're seeking support as a parent, looking for friendships for your kids, needing in-person meetups, or searching for an online community, get answers and creative ideas here!

Teacher Hats and Parent-Child Relationships | Ep. 43

Are you finding yourself in a season where you and your family are being stretched—or maybe even stressed—more than ever before?

Homeschooling in 2020: New insights

Why did so many parents choose to homeschool rather than return to the public school system? Let’s look at some of the reasons.

A Waldorf Educational Approach

What is a Waldorf educational approach, and how do you know if it's right for you? Answer these questions and more with HSLDA educational consultant Karim Morato.

Joyce Blankenship

Joyce Blankenship has worked in education for over 30 years as an educational therapist, tutor, enrichment class teacher, and homeschooling mom.



A word during crisis

We are prayerful that most of the concerns caused by this virus will be resolved by the time you read this, but regardless, HSLDA will be available to help you educate and nurture your children.

Why homeschoolers should embrace the "pandemic pods"

Homeschoolers, who have long pushed back against the education status quo, should be among the staunchest proponents for new models of learning that allow more families to opt out of conventional schooling.

What's in a bill?

In the fight to preserve freedom, educated citizens make a huge difference. HSLDA Action and Generation Joshua have put together a primer to help you read and understand a bill.

Homeschooling through Major Life Changes Q&A

When your life suddenly turns upside down—cross-country move, accident, illness, special needs diagnosis, divorce, death—what happens to your kids’ homeschool?