Parents have the right to home educate their children with special needs. The federal law, Child Find, requires all school districts to identify and evaluate any child in their area who may qualify for special education services. Until the child is of compulsory attendance age (6 years old by September 30th of the current school year), the child is still eligible for special ed services through the district. If a family chooses to homeschool anytime after the child is of compulsory school age, the district is not obligated to provide those services; however, they may offer services to homeschooling families through RSA 189:49.

Schools must provide access to curricular and co-curricular activities to homeschooled students with special needs if they choose to participate. Districts may limit availability based on enrollment of other students.

More information is available in the NH Special Education Procedural Safeguards Handbook, updated February 2016. Reference Appendix D.

Many parents report that one of the best resources is the Parent Information Center (PIC). They provide a variety of services including assistance over the phone, parent-to-parent support, advocacy training, and more. They are located in Concord and can be reached at 603-224-7005.

We have additional private organizations listed here that offer developmental testing and counseling services. Sometimes families are able to have special education services covered through their health insurance.