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Are there any special requirements to homeschool a child with a disability?

If a child has a disability and a school district has identified the child as in need of special education, the proposed home education program must be approved by a certified special education teacher or a licensed clinical or certified school psychologist. This requirement does not apply to students who have been identified as gifted or talented.

For more information about homeschooling a child with a disability, please consult The WhatzUp Manual. This manual, written by Barbara D. McMillan, who is a special education teacher and a certified school psychologist, explains the requirements of the homeschool law, provides sample formats for learning objectives, discusses testing options, provides information about where to find adapted curriculum materials, and explains how to adapt teaching methods and materials for a child with a disability. To order this manual, please send a check for $21.20 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling to Barbara D. McMillan at334 Clay Pike, Herminie, PA 15637.

For more information, call the Office of Counseling and Promotional Standards at 215-400-4810.