The PEAL Center (Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center)
The PEAL Center
Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
412-281-4404 (Pittsburgh)
215-567-6143 (Philadelphia)
866-950-1040 Toll Free
412-281-4409 TTY

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Private Schools & Special Placements

Your Child Your Choice

Not all parents choose to have their children with disabilities attend traditional public schools. Today, more than ever, parents have a variety of schooling options from which to choose including but not limited to charter schools, cyber schools, parochial schools, and home schooling.

These schooling options may meet specific needs of the families however; children with disabilities who attend non-traditional schools ⃰ are not afforded the same procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA.

IDEA guarantees children with disabilities a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE), in the least restrictive environment (LRE), and an individualized education program (IEP).

Your Child, Your Choice, provides training and information to parents who have selected nontraditional schools about supporting their children’s education regardless of the school setting especially around LRE and inclusion.

*Charter schools are considered public schools which mean that all provisions of IDEA do apply to the children who attend those schools.

Your Child Your Choice Archived Webinars
  • Your Child's Educational Rights and Protections in Non-Traditional School Settings. Featuring Jeff Ruder, Esq (Requires registration)
  • Least Dangerous Assumption: By Cheryl Jorgensen (Requires registration)
  • Click the links below for more information on the following:
  • Provisions Related to Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
  • Education Law Center-Getting Help for Children with Disabilities in Private Schools
  • Would you like to be a part of the training opportunities provided to parents who have selected non-traditional schools through "Your Child, Your Choice?”

    Click here to complete an informational survey.

    Or, call the PEAL Center toll free at 1-866-950-1040 and ask to speak with Brenda Cole.