In South Carolina, children three years of age and older who need significant modifications in their educational programs may be eligible for special-education services through their school district. I asked Mary S. Eaddy, executive director of PRO-Parents of South Carolina in Columbia, to give us a quick overview of special education in South Carolina and suggest some things parents can do to get started.
Who should a parent in South Carolina contact about having a child classified for special education?The local school district is responsible for assessment, evaluation, and special education services. [Find your school district.]
What does special education look like in South Carolina?The programs and services as well as models do vary from district to district but are based on the needs of the child. All districts have the continuum of placements.
Do you have any advice about special education in South Carolina?Special education, like any other program or service, is child specific and consumer driven, therefore, parents must be informed and advocate for their child's services.
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About PRO-Parents of South Carolina: PRO-Parents provides parent information, training, and assistance related to early intervention and special education to families in South Carolina. We are the parent training and information center for the state.