Push for Education Savings Accounts for Children with Special Needs

There has been a push toward “education savings accounts” that would create a program specifically for children with special needs. Children would have to be classified as special needs to be eligible and 21 years of age or younger.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act also known as IDEA, states that every child with a disability must be provided with special education that meets the needs of the child at no cost. Schools must adhere to this by accommodating and modifying services to fit the requirements of their students with special needs. Such services could include transportation, physical education and speech therapy.

Rep. Ron Simmons, who has a son that grew up with autism, states from experience that public school programs don’t improve fast enough. The proposed bill will attempt to close this gap.

For more information and resources on planning for your loved one with special needs, browse through our website at specialneedsforum.org.