It is not uncommon for schools to deny special education services for children with Asperger’s Disorder. Many children do not even get approved for an evaluation. Schools may justify their denial of services by citing the fact that the child is of average or above IQ and has no apparent learning disorder based upon her standardized academic achievement scores. Since most children with Asperger’s Disorder are of average or above IQ and only a small percent have a diagnosable learning disorder, the majority of parents raising Asperger’s Disorder children will face this frustrating battle.
Parents of Asperger’s Disorder children know that their child is struggling in school, no matter how intelligent the child is. The child passing his classes is often more a reflection of his parents’ persistence and dedication than the child’s effort, knowledge, and performance. Some schools may fail to recognize the invisible, immeasurable disorder of Asperger’s Disorder and may not view it as a disability that requires special assistance.
The best way to combat this unjustified denial of services is to know the criteria for services under IDEA 2004 and Section 504. If your child meets the criteria, then she is eligible, and the school must obey the law and provide services.